Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

I just want you to know how useful the Encyclopedia Virginia has been in teaching Virginia history to a group of teachers' aides in a special B.A. program run by Thomas Nelson Community College and Old Dominion University this semester. The biographies are especially strong for the colonial and revolutionary period.

Jim SweeneyProfessor Emeritus, Old Dominion University

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement.

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Since its founding in 1974, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has produced more than 40,000 humanities programs serving communities large and small throughout Virginia, the nation and the world. In addition to Foundation-directed programs including festivals, publications, CDs, digital initiatives, conferences, teacher institutes, and public radio programs, we have contributed to more than 3,000 grant projects and 300 individual and collaborative fellowships.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global educational programs for broad public audiences. We work with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront current issues, and discover a promising future. We focus our efforts on Community Programs, Scholarship and Digital Initiatives.

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