History

Link to the Past, Part of the Future
3:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UVA Looks to History, Italy in Fixing Rotunda

UVA President Teresa Sullivan shows off a Carrara marble capital.
Credit Hawes Spencer

Just as Thomas Jefferson did nearly 200 years ago, restoration experts for the University of Virginia's Rotunda have turned to history to bring this iconic building into the 21st Century.

Besides launching a Revolution in government, Thomas Jefferson launched a revolution in education. When founding the University, he placed at center not a church, as then the custom, but a library. However, the book collection eventually outgrew the space, and a 1970s renovation let the school's governing body, the Board of Visitors, claim nearly half the central floor.

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Richmond's Bell Tower
12:46 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

Rallying the Lawmakers

During the General Assembly session in Richmond, lawmakers are rallied to the Capitol each day by two different bell towers that ring in coordination with each other.

Each day the General Assembly is in session, Capitol Police screener Larry Toomer climbs the steps of the bell tower in Capitol Square and waits to hear the chimes from another bell tower across the street at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 

"One they start ringing, we ring right in between. When they ring, we ring. We ring. When they ring again we ring again."

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Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering the Richmond Theater Fire 200 Years Later

Actress Mollie Ort stars with Bo Wilson & Jonathan Conyers.

Theater-goers in Richmond will witness an unusual theater production tonight. Actors will stage a show not seen since 1811 – a performance that ended with a deadly fire.

It was the day after Christmas, 1811, and patrons of the Richmond Theater were treated to a comedy – Father of the Family.

Then came a drama called Raymond and Agnes or the Bleeding Nun.

“The chandelier was lowered for the end of act one.”

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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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