History

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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Education
6:15 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Mary Lou Smith: Professor Preserving Virginia Intermont College's Legacy

This May, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol closed its doors after 130 years - leaving thousands of alumni without an alma mater and hundreds of students to complete their degrees elsewhere. Mary Lou Smith spent her entire adult life at the school, and she’s in the process of compiling a history book to preserve the school’s legacy.

It’s safe to say, that after 60 years, Mary Lou Smith was a fixture at Virginia Intermont College.

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Unearthing Artifacts
4:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit Dan Sayers/Archaeology Archives

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.

Archaeologists are now digging there - finding proof of sizable communities where defiant people found freedom. 

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VMFA
4:38 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Tale of Two Flags: Art Sparks Dialogue

Black Hair Flag
Credit Artist Sonya Clark

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, an exhibit called “Posing Beauty” is in its final week.The show features a piece by an African American depicting the confederate and American flags woven in African hair.

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