History

"The Art of Power"
1:31 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Historian Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a legend in his own time, and since then hundreds of books and articles have been written about him, so you might not expect to see more, but historian Jon Meacham,  who was featured in Ken Burn’s documentary about the  Roosevelts, is coming to Virginia to share a whole new view of Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson may have wanted history to see him as a philosopher and an educator.   The epitaph on his grave doesn’t even mention the presidency.

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The Modern Treasure Hunt
8:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Geocaching: The New Family Adventure

Getting outdoors as a family with something that engages all ages is not too difficult with a hobby called geocaching. Tab O'Neal talks with a couple he met while they were out on their family adventure. 

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Arts & Culture
8:21 am
Wed August 27, 2014

A Chat with "Good Morning Vietnam's" Adrian Cronauer

Credit Tab O'Neil

Listen to Tab O'Neal's full interview with Roanoke's Adrian Cronauer, the man behind Robin William's character on "Good Morning Vietnam".  

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Voting Ends Saturday
12:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

VA's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

Kegley Family Buggy, 1900
Credit Historical Society of Western Virginia

Public online voting ends Saturday, to make a pick for some of the unique relics vying for the title of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

The program is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums—and  while a designation doesn’t come with any award money, officials say it has helped in fundraising efforts and applying for grants.

Just a few of the items among the nominees: a tombstone of the founder of Virginia Tech, regalia of the Pamunkey Indian Trip, a 1930s German Box Car, a D-Day landing map….and a 1905 Steinway piano.

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Beyond the History Books
3:38 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Stories from the Cemeteries

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

This fall, plenty of professors will be sending their students to the library, but one faculty member plans to send his kids into the cemeteries of Richmond to learn more about the city’s past.   He’s sharing the information with the public through a website and podcasts.

Millions of people have lived and died in Richmond, but Virginia’s history books tell few of their names and stories.  

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