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Folklife Program Keeps Virginia’s Diverse Cultural Traditions Alive

Each year hundreds gather on the rolling hills of James Monroe’s Highland, near Charlottesville. They’re here to take in the sights, sounds and smells of The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship program, and learn how residents are preserving cultural traditions. WCVE’s Ian Stewart has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. 
 

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A Flash Mob of Reading: Richmond Public Library Launches 100 Days, 100 Books

The Richmond Public Library is launching their latest reading initiative this week. The idea stemmed from PBS’ Great American Read and aims to engage residents with pop-up events across the city. WCVE intern Yasmine Jumaa has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find details about RPL's 100 Days, 100 Books initiative and PBS' Great American Read and vote on your favorite book. 

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Power and Perception: How Napoléon Crafted His Public Image

“Napoleon: Power and Splendor” is a new exhibit at the VMFA that features more than two hundred works of art, including his throne and six foot high candlesticks, as well as regal portraits of the emperor and his court. The pieces reflect the trappings of wealth and reveal how Napoleon attempted to craft his public image. Peter Solomon has this report for Virginia Currents. WCVE’s Peter Solomon has more for Virginia Currents

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Sally Hemings Descendants Visit New Exhibit: ‘We Knew Our Story Was Real’

For the past 25 years, Monticello has been gathering accounts from descendants of the people enslaved by Thomas Jefferson. Those stories, along with other restorations and a new exhibit on Sally Hemings, reveal a fuller story about slavery, freedom and the complicated history of the nation’s third president. WCVE’s Hawes Spencer has more for Virginia Currents.

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