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    One Dream of a Team

    With no money, let alone a gym, Virginia Union basketball soared for five magical years. more


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    Gone But Not Forgotten

    A history of Virginia’s canneries, in labels. more

    Dec 2, 2015


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    Boat Whisperer

    For Williamsburg boat maker Ben Thacker-Gwaltney, craft is everything. more

    Jul 28, 2015


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    How the West Was Lost

    John Brown’s raid, 150 years ago, was a practical failure with massive ramifications. It lit the fuse leading to the Civil War, and, as MARY MILEY THEOBALD writes, set in motion the creation of the 35th state, “West, by God, Virginia.” more

    Nov 20, 2009


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    When the Going Gets Tough

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps shows the Marines'-eye view. more

    Feb 5, 2010


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    Rob Scharetg

    Afton: Mountain, Myth, Legend

    Crossing Afton Mountain is like crossing the Mississippi, a divide between the east and west of Virginia. more

    Oct 30, 2014



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    Peace, Love and Subud

    Nearly 40 years ago the followers of an obscure spiritual movement made the Shenandoah Valley their home. more

    Oct 8, 2015


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    Jeff Greenough

    Grand Ambitions: Bedford

    Bedford has a National D-Day Memorial and big dreams for becoming a tourist destination. As one resident says, " We do like to see folks come and see how we live." more

    Jul 13, 2010


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    A Century of Tradition

    There’s nothing more fun than a good, old-fashioned, longstanding sports rivalry to get everyone all worked up and angry. A look back at the UVA-Tech rivalry, which was going strong 110 years ago. more

    Nov 5, 2015


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    There and Back Again

    Four centuries of ferry service in the Old Dominion. more

    Jan 2, 2017


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    Glen McClure

    Faces of the Chesapeake

    Photographer Glen McClure traveled around the Chesapeake Bay, taking pictures of an “endangered species”—the watermen who fish and crab, and work on wharves and in seafood processing houses. Here are a few of McClure’s honest portraits. more

    Jun 13, 2011



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