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A New Sheriff in Town

We know him around here as Gibby, or MSG2D, or Dr. Sweeg, or just "Hey!" as in "Hey, can you trouble shoot this XML issue?" And we offer the above photo in a specific attempt at keeping him humble because today the news drops that Encyclopedia Virginia's founding editor, Matthew Gibson, has been named the new executive director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Read more here.


Henry Martin, 1914


Ringing in the Bicentennial

Ahead of the school's two hundredth anniversary, we've been working on content related to the University of Virginia's history. New this month is a biography of Henry Martin, the school's longtime head janitor and bell-ringer. A former slave, Martin was treated with both great respect and great conscension. Read his whole story here.


Belle Boyd's Charms

If you haven't yet listened to the new EV podcast, Not Even Past, then start with the story of Belle Boyd. It takes one of our most interesting entries—about the famous Confederate spy—and boils it down to a tight and thought-provoking narrative. Or just listen for producer Miranda Bennett's wonderful music choices!



Thanks to your advocacy efforts on our behalf, we're happy to report that the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill includes a very small increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities! While our work is not over with regards to the upcoming 2018 budget to be passed in the fall, the Omnibus Spending Bill represents an endorsement of the important work that the humanities do for our communities. These funds will continue to support our work of providing free access to authoritative and engaging content about Virginia's history and culture.