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Remembering Roni Stoneman

Roni Stoneman performs at the Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival in 2005. Jon Lohman remembers her ability to give joy.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Names 2024 “Year of Country Music” in Virginia

In recognition of several important anniversaries for Virginia’s country music institutions, Governor Glenn Youngkin declared 2024 the “Year of Country Music” for the Commonwealth in February. Anchoring this year of …


VPM History Streams Virginia Folklife Films

Starting on October 16, 2023, the new VPM History channel on YouTube began hosting Virginia Folklife Program content. Eight short documentaries produced by Virginia Folklife that profile Apprenticeship Teams will …

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Anna Mullins Documents the Richmond Folk Festival

Anna Mullins, a documentary photographer from Coeburn, shares thoughts and images from the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.

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Virginia Folklife Program Transcribes Oral Histories for Reedville Fishermen’s Museum

Our Virginia Folklife team recently presented transcribed oral histories to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.


Meet Virginia Folklife’s 2023 Summer Interns

The Institute for Public History offers meaningful, hands-on, and paid internships for students and recent graduates of the University of Virginia. The Virginia Folklife Program is lucky to host three students this summer: Anderson Moss, Kaity Wasinger, and Kate Wietor.

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Celebration of Virginia Folklife at the Library of Virginia Recap

Last weekend, we presented a two-day “Celebration of Virginia Folklife” on July 7 and 8, 2023 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, as part of the Library’s year-long 200th anniversary celebration.

Martha Spencer of the Whitetop Mountain Band performing at the Wytheville Community College Jamboree on March 18, 2023. All photos by Pat Jarrett / Virginia Humanities.Sights & Sounds

Listen: Wytheville Community College Jamboree

Listen to two sets from Wytheville Community College’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, and enjoy a tall tale by Thornton Spencer.

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Bernadette “B.J.” Lark and Alanjha Harris

As a mentor artist in our Apprenticeship Program, B.J. Lark of Roanoke, Virginia, has spent the last year teaching 18-year-old Alanjha Harris the soul-stirring power of Gullah Geechee-style gospel singing.

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Where Our Roots Meet: Concert Release

Earlier this year, following International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a crowd gathered in Fairfax for an evening of Sephardic music from the Balkans, led by Trio Sefardi and the Elias Ladino Ensemble.

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Intern with the Virginia Folklife Program

The Virginia Folklife Program is seeking one or more interns for Summer 2023 (roughly May through August). Online applications are due Friday, March 31. If you have questions, please contact …

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