Topic: History

The Top Five Historical Events at the University of Virginia

As illustrated by the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Witness the founding of the University, the Rotunda fire and the admission of the first African-American students via photographs, letters and original documents from the Special Collections Library. Watch...

August 20, 2009

The Vision for the Village

The Vision for the Village

Jefferson's drawings show multiple influences and singular genius

More than a century ago, the University’s Central Grounds rose from the ashes of the 1895 Rotunda fire, and much of the original character of...

Fall 2009

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Palin Comparison

In the most recent issue of Virginia Magazine, you refer to Tina Fey’s supposedly humorous impersonation of former Gov. Sarah Palin (“Quotable Quotes,”...

Fall 2009

Scripting History

Scripting History

Culture wars challenge historical museums

How do sites like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello—even UVA—strike a balance between entertaining tourists and educating them? Anthropology professor Richard Handler and other scholars weigh in.

Winter 2006

You Don’t Say!

You Don’t Say!

A collection of quotations from some of the University’s most celebrated figures, compiled by Fred R. Shapiro, author of The Yale Book of Quotations.

Which well-known Mark Twain quote can be traced to Thomas Jefferson? What Tina Fey joke is often mistakenly attributed to a candidate for vice president?

Summer 2009

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

Dolley Madison Goes Digital

New version of former first lady's papers fuels scholarship

Dolley Madison was famous for being the ultimate hostess, and now a project headed by Holly Shulman uses the tools of the digital age to open new windows onto the life and times of the former first lady.

Summer 2009

July 4th: The Fourth of July Paradox

July 4th: The Fourth of July Paradox

The Fourth of July is a bittersweet anniversary at the University. It marks both great achievement and sorrow; it is the birthday of a nation, but the death day of Founding Fathers.

The Fourth of July is a bittersweet anniversary at the University. It marks both great achievement and sorrow; it is the birthday of a nation, but the death day of Founding Fathers.

Summer 2009

New & Notable: The Thomas Jefferson Edition

New & Notable: The Thomas Jefferson Edition

Jefferson inspires these authors to rethink American culture and to untangle the facts from the mythology surrounding one of our nation’s most influential figures.

Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler Rick Britton Mariner Companies

What was the Big Bone Lick Expedition? Did abolitionist Edward Coles correspond with Jefferson about slavery? How...

Summer 2009

Scenes from an Inauguration

Scenes from an Inauguration

Patient people, poetric address part of historic ceremony

On the morning of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, I woke up next to Abraham Lincoln...

Summer 2009

Monticello Sights and Sounds

Monticello Sights and Sounds

With the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center now fully open for business, a visit to Monticello has become an even richer experience.

Summer 2009

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Debating Change

It was with great regret that I read of plans to “preserve” Mr. Jefferson’s original intentions for Pavilion X (“This Old Academical...

Summer 2009

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Highlights

Wedded Wahoos

Wedded Wahoos

Do you love chuckling over awkward first-date tales or proposal mishaps? Well, we’ve got some fun for you.

Serpentine Timeline

Serpentine Timeline

Study up on the twists and turns of UVA's history, from the laying of the cornerstone to the inauguration of the ninth president.