Virginia 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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Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. By supporting and producing cultural, civic, local, and global programs for broad public audiences, Virginia Humanities creates opportunities for all Virginians to share their stories and learn about the experiences of others, so that we can explore our differences, connect through what we have in common, and honor the humanity we all share.

Virginia Humanities is Virginia’s state humanities council. Established in 1974, we are one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better insert the humanities directly and effectively into public life.

Virginia Humanities is able to do this work thanks in part to a unique partnership with the University of Virginia. Our statewide headquarters are in Charlottesville and Virginia Humanities functions as both a non-academic department of UVA and an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

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