Topic: History

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Secrets of the Spring Skies

Ancient cultures relied on spring constellations to help them survive

In many cultures, from the Navajo to the Australian aborigines to the Aztec, stars not only represented glittering mythological stories, they also signaled the appropriate time to sow and to harvest, to celebrate or hunt.

April 13, 2015

The Many Faces of Cavman

The Many Faces of Cavman

A look at how UVA’s mascot has changed over time

A look at how UVA’s mascot has changed over time

Spring 2015

A Civil Occupation

A Civil Occupation

One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, the Union army marched into Charlottesville. Somehow, UVA was spared from its torches.

One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, the Union army marched into Charlottesville. Somehow, UVA was spared from its torches.

Spring 2015

When Mem Rocked

When Mem Rocked

Members of last team to play in the iconic building recall those final years

Built in 1924 as a World War I memorial, Memorial Gym served as a multipurpose arena, hosting everything from wrestling matches to social dances.

Spring 2015

Difference Maker: Lauranett Lee

Difference Maker: Lauranett Lee

Alumna works tirelessly to bring the names of Virginia’s slaves out from the shadows

Alumna searches for references to enslaved people to add them to “Unknown No Longer,” a public database of enslaved Virginians who appear in inventories, bills of sale, wills and other records.

Spring 2015

Monticello Redux

Monticello Redux

An 100-year-old Jefferson aficionado builds a Monticello replica in Connecticut

A centenarian in Somers, Connecticut, has built a replica of Monticello next to his own estate.

February 19, 2015

Admiral of the Antarctic

Admiral of the Antarctic

Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd sought adventure wherever he went

Before embarking on a naval career that would send him to the North and South poles, Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd spent a year studying at UVA.

Winter 2014

The People’s Historian

The People’s Historian

Alumna Libby O’Connell brings the past to life as The History Channel’s chief historian

As chief historian for The History Channel, Libby O’Connell (Grad ’79, ’87) makes it her mission to engage the public in history.

Winter 2014

Book Traces

Book Traces

New digital project brings hidden messages in old books to light

UVA English professor Andrew Stauffer is on a national mission to encourage readers to take a closer look at what's scribbled in the margins of books.

Winter 2014

Examining Slavery at the University

Examining Slavery at the University

In October, UVA hosted a national symposium that brought together experts from various schools to discuss issues related to the history of slavery at institutions of higher education.

Winter 2014

Notes on the State of Virginia

Notes on the State of Virginia

A new app allows readers to explore two editions of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia and a modern annotated and searchable text.

Winter 2014

Easy Does It

Easy Does It

Laser system monitors delicate work on the Rotunda

How do you excavate underneath a 200-year-old building that’s the centerpiece of a World Heritage site? Very, very carefully. And with lasers.

Winter 2014

The Wake of Watergate

The Wake of Watergate

How the lessons of Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago should matter this November

Gerry Warburg shares lessons learned from Nixon's registration in 1974, including how voter participation can inspire bipartisan action.

Fall 2014

Ringing the Carillon

Ringing the Carillon

How the University Chapel bells keep chiming

If you thought the sounds of the University Chapel's bells are made by an expert ringer toiling inside the steeple, think again.

Fall 2014

New Discovery Quenches Thirst for History

New Discovery Quenches Thirst for History

Found during the Rotunda’s renovation, a cistern helps answer how water got to Grounds

The discovery of a 6,500-gallon brick-and-cement cistern next to the Rotunda sheds new light on some of the history of the Grounds’ construction.

Fall 2014

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Highlights

Theatre of the Macabre

Theatre of the Macabre

Jefferson’s Anatomical Theatre gave way to grave robbers, the student Cadaver Society and, eventually, the wrecking ball.

Unquoting Jefferson

Unquoting Jefferson

At the University of Virginia, the postelection ignited a distinctly UVA form of protest: an outbreak of remarkably civil discourse about Thomas Jefferson.

Museum Man

Museum Man

The Fralin has a new director and chief curator. Michael McLendon will look to expand the museum’s influence with his strong background in both classical and contemporary art.

Home to the Struggle

Home to the Struggle

Several UVA alumni were instrumental in the establishment of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Hear their stories.