Author: Peter McCormack Hedlund

is the web programmer for Encyclopedia Virginia at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Saying Goodbye

Encyclopedia Virginia said goodbye to our longtime media editor extraordinaire Donna Lucey at the end of July. Donna’s contributions to our mission of telling a more complete and inclusive story of Virginia have been many. Whether it was working with the American Civil War Museum to photograph never-before-digitized artifacts, organizing a listening session with Black female genealogists that led to new EV entries, or uncovering fascinating visual ephemera hidden in the deep recesses of dusty archives, Donna consistently found fascinating and often overlooked material and then wrote concisely and insightfully about those discoveries.  Read more about: Saying Goodbye


Tackling the Roots of Racism in Virginia

Working on an encyclopedia day in and day out for more than a decade is rewarding and sometimes depressing. It’s rewarding to think that—if you are doing your job responsibly—the resource you are helping to create may contribute to an open and honest dialogue about the past and how that past informs the present. Read more about: Tackling the Roots of Racism in Virginia