Topic: History

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

Unshackled

Unshackled

An alumnus describes his new book, influenced by his years working to integrate schools

J. Roy Vorhauer (Educ '67, '77) worked for 27 years as teacher, coach, principal, and professor, trying throughout his career to improve race relations in schools. At UVA he was...

June 17, 2014

Object Lesson

Object Lesson

Telling the history of UVA one piece at a time

Telling the history of UVA one piece at a time.

Summer 2014

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Nevermore

Nevermore

The purloined treasures of the library vault: an inside look at a suspected inside job.

A World of Color

A World of Color

Student’s coloring book puts inspirational and everyday women on the same pages.