History

Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Letters from Martha Washington

In 1968, the University of Virginia decided to partner with Mt. Vernon to publish the papers of George Washington. Copies of about 140,000 letters and documents are now in storage at UVA’s main library.

After he died, Washington’s wife burned the letters he had written to her, but a large collection of letters written by Martha remain, and those will also be published.

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Part 1 of 2
4:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

VT Undergrad Makes a Contribution to Biblical Scholarship

Sometimes it seems like so many new discoveries are being made, that it’s hard to keep up with all the new knowledge coming at us each day.  Well, you have researchers to thank for that.  People, who get curious about something, then make a plan to find out more.

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History in the Making
5:04 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Virginia Voices

History is happening now at the Virginia Historical Society. The organization has just unveiled a new documentary called Virginia Voices, it’s the first state-specific, crowd-sourced film of its kind, and it’s making a debut in Roanoke Saturday, May 2.

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Law & Crime
5:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Take on the Fight of the Pamunkey Tribe

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Virginia’s Pamunkey  Tribe was dealt a setback in its effort to gain federal recognition by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Everyone knows Pocahontas, but do you know what tribe she hails from? Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians claim her as an ancestor. While Pocahontas and the Pamunkey have roots that predate the nation’s founding, the tribe isn’t recognized by the federal government because their records were destroyed early last century because a Virginia policy declared only two races: white and black.

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Arts & Culture
7:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Virginia Historical Society Looks to the Past with Cider from Colonial Times

Credit Virginia Historical Society

The Virginia Historical Society is preparing to take people back in time through their taste buds with an unusual spring fundraiser. 

Once upon a time, colonial women depended on a book called the Complete Houswife - a compendium of advice on how to clean your house, prepare food and make cider.  That, says Virginia Historical Society CEO Paul Levengood, was critical to keeping families alive. 

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