Arts & Culture http://wvtf.org en Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp http://wvtf.org/post/slaves-great-dismal-swamp <p></p><p>Most Americans have heard of the Underground Railroad - a trail that allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North, but there were other escaped slaves who stayed in the South, living in a place their masters feared - Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.</p><p>Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:23:45 +0000 Sandy Hausman 25029 at http://wvtf.org Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens http://wvtf.org/post/birthplace-country-music-museum-opens <p></p><p>The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is opening in Bristol, Virginia this weekend. Nashville may be the mecca of this music today, but as Johnny Cash himself put it, Bristol was the site of the ‘Big Bang’ that led to the universe of country music we know today.</p><p>It was there that the now famous “Bristol Sessions” were recorded by then unknown musicians.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:14:37 +0000 Robbie Harris 24923 at http://wvtf.org Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens Girls of Summer http://wvtf.org/post/girls-summer <p></p><p>School summer reading lists are infamous.&nbsp; Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.&nbsp; Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was <em>The Little Match Girl.</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:22 +0000 Allison Quantz 24746 at http://wvtf.org Girls of Summer Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue http://wvtf.org/post/tale-two-flags-art-sparks-dialogue <p>At the<a href="http://vmfa.museum"> </a><a href="http://vmfa.museum">Virginia Museum of Fine Arts</a> in Richmond, an exhibit called <a href="http://vmfa.museum/exhibitions/posing-beauty-african-american-culture/">“Posing Beauty”</a> is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:38:16 +0000 May-Lily Lee 24625 at http://wvtf.org Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City http://wvtf.org/post/taking-chance-new-theater-west-virginias-oldest-city <p>There are two towns in West Virginia that could, ostensibly, throw down for the title of oldest in the state.</p><p>Shepherdstown and Romney were chartered in 1762. But while both can attest to being more than 250 years old, only one can take credit for annually producing copious amounts of something distinctly new: American theater.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:43:11 +0000 Rebecca Sheir 24039 at http://wvtf.org Taking a Chance on New Theater in West Virginia's Oldest City