Archive for the ‘Database’ Category

CVHR Meeting (Sep. 7, 2017): Afro-Virginia Digital Landscapes

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

We heard about new General Assembly- and NEH-supported projects at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and how the latest technology is being used.  Director of African American programs, Justin Reid, told us about ELA (Explored Landscapes of Afro-Virginia), an ambitious project to expand and enhance content in the present African American Historic Sites Database (www.aahistoricsitesva.org).  Director of Encyclopedia Virginia (EV), Peter Hedlund, focused on ways EV is augmenting textual entries with primary documents, audio, 3D objects, and Virtual Reality (VR) tours.  He brought a number of VR headsets for us to sample tours.  It was heartening to see so many hands go up when Peter asked who in the audience has used EV (www.encyclopediavirginia.org/).

A New Local History Website

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new website and blog by the Central Virginia History Researchers (CVHR) based in Albemarle County, Virginia. For now we will focus on posting guidelines or helpful tips for conducting research into African American family history (check out our website for more details). Over the next two years we will seek funding to create an on-line, open-source database of African American families.

We meet as a group once a month at 4pm on the first Thursday of most months at the Jefferson Library in Kenwood (part of the Monticello complex in Charlottesville). Directions are available to Kenwood and Monticello. We will post future meeting topics here on the blog.