Update (9/15/22): Every gift is matched! Thanks to a generous offer from The Jon P. and Meredith M. Beckett Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, your gift will make twice the impact. Until we hit $5,000, make any size donation and it will be doubled to give students of all ages even more opportunities to connect the past to their present.
This September, Encyclopedia Virginia invites you to make a gift to honor students at all levels.
We believe that everyone deserves access to nuanced Virginia history. That’s why we launched EV in 2008: to create a trustworthy resource for the public. We collaborate with subject-matter experts to share stories about Virginia’s history and culture. We fact-check every word. And it’s all available, for free, to anyone with an Internet connection.
That makes EV an outlier. We don’t rely on advertisements, paywalls, or endless pop-up campaigns to fund our site. What keeps EV free is your continued support.
You are the reason we’re able to:
- Produce more than 60 virtual tours, 1,200 entries, 1,000 primary resource transcriptions, and 10,000 media objects (and counting!)
- Expand access to our content by leveling entries for fourth- and eighth-grade readers
- Maintain an online resource that hosts more than 2 million visits per year
- Deliver trustworthy information to students, teachers, journalists, and learners of all ages
In the coming year, we’ll explore new ways to help people connect the past to the present, like EV editor Patti Miller does in her free Entry Point webinars. We’ll continue to collaborate with Virginia’s tribal communities to bring their voices and perspectives to EV. And we are developing content to support a more inclusive narrative of the American Revolution in Virginia in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of 1776.
Thank you for caring about this work. We invite you to continue your support of Encyclopedia Virginia. Join us in ensuring free, public access to Virginia history and culture and if you are able to make a gift, give now to show your support.