Humanities and Cultural Resources that Emerged in Virginia during the Past 30 Years

AHA Staff, May 2004

  • The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Wolf Trap in Fairfax, the Center in the Square in Roanoke, and innumerable other theaters and concert halls

  • Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland, homes of James Madison and James Monroe, The Civil War Trails, the African American Heritage Trails, the First Freedom Center in Richmond, commemorating the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Historic Petersburg and Staunton Foundations, among many others

  • The Virginia Opera in Norfolk, the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, the Roanoke Opera, and Shenandoah Shakespeare in Staunton

  • The Moton Museum in Prince Edward County, the Harrison Museum in Roanoke, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center in Richmond, the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, and the Crispus Attucks Theater in Norfolk

  • The Reedville Fisherman’s Museum, the Kinsale Museum, the South Boston History Museum, the Crab Orchard Museum and Historic Trust in Tazewell, the William King Regional Arts Center in Abington, the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington and many, many other local and regional museums

  • Monticello, the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, and the Virginia Historical Society completely transformed as museums and research and public organizations

  • Historic Jamestowne, and its international archeological project on James Fort, and Werewocomoco, a new archeological project on the York River, likely site of Powhatan’s village

  • Among state agencies, the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, and the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Department of Historic Resources, more than tripling in size and collections, becoming prominent national institutions

  • The Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Association of Museums, and Public Television and Radio.