History

Steeped in Tradition
3:54 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Senate Bean Soup

With this wintry weather, many of us will be chowing down with a steaming bowl of hot soup.  Pay a visit the nation’s capital though and you’ll find the signature soup of the United States Senate.

Not to be outdone by the Senate, the House instituted its own version of bean soup. The major difference between the two chambers’ bean soups is onions. The Senate iteration has them; the House version does not.

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Help Document History
3:24 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Library of Virginia's Novel Project for Volunteers

The Library of Virginia, on E. Broad Street in Richmond

If you’re interested in history and have a little spare time, the Library of Virginia wants you!  Sandy Hausman reports on a novel project for volunteers.

The Library of Virginia has scanned thousands of handwritten letters, diaries and documents – go to their website and have a look. But you can’t find them through a typical word-search. For that to happen, someone must type their content in the library’s database. So the state has put out a call for help.  

Manager Cathy Jordan says there’s no pay for this digital initiative, but volunteers make a priceless discovery.

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Proposed SOL Changes
3:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Educators Meet to Revise History

The Battle of Ball's Bluff 150th Anniversary
Credit Rob Shenk, Creative Commons

This week and into January, the State Board of Education is holding a series of public hearings on revisions to the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Board President Christian Braunlich says the standards are updated every seven years, and he hopes the public will take a look at the proposed revisions.

The public hearings will be held at the following locations:

December 2 — Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, 931
Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville

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Donation Pays it Forward for Founding Father
3:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

A Gift for Montpelier

Credit The Montpelier Foundation

November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.

With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history. 

While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia,  a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.
 

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VFH Apprenticeship Program
5:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Master of the Accordion

Over the years, Virginia has nurtured a variety of arts and crafts - from beekeeping  and quilting to making farm implements and mole sauce. 

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities wants to keep these traditions alive through an apprenticeship program pairing young people with old masters willing to share their skills. 

“No, no.  They’re below the finished or special export they call it now, but anyway they’re decent.”

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