Daniel Thorp, Virginia Tech’s historical adviser to The Smithfield Review, stands on the grounds of the journal’s namesake plantation.

Department of History Becomes Co-Publisher of The Smithfield Review

Smithfield Plantation is many things — a treasured property commemorating the beginnings of Virginia Tech, a landmark rich in the history of Southwest Virginia, a museum dedicated to portraying la...
The Beatles arrive at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964.

History Class Publishes Book about the Beatles

Virginia Tech history students recently got published with a little help from their friends at VT Publishing. A group of 18 students organized, authored, and edited a book, “Welcome to the Beat...
Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley Reappointed Robertson Associate Professor in Civil War Studies

Paul Quigley, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech and director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, was reappointed as the James ...
Nikole Hannah-Jones

Award-Winning Journalist to Give Aims of Education Address

An award-winning journalist whose reporting on racial segregation in housing and schools has received wide acclaim will speak this Sunday for an annual Virginia Tech address to kick off the school yea...
Rebecca Williams with her father, Philip Williams, in the stacks in Special Collections.

Hokie Time Travel

For Rebecca Williams, working in Newman Library’s Special Collections meant traveling through time to meet her parents as mid-80s college students. On her first day, Rebecca intentionally sou...
Professor Amy Nelson uses digital humanities tools to teach Russian history at Virginia Tech.

Study Urges Integration of Arts and Humanities with Science, Engineering, and Medicine

In May, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public briefing to release a new report that analyzes the benefits of undergraduate and graduate experiences that effective...
Nancy Bristow

Public Invited to Session about Memory and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Celebrations broke out across in the United States. The year was 1918, and the Great War was at an end. Soldiers returned home, and families rejoiced. But at that same time, tens of millions of people...
Matthew Wisnioski

Matthew Wisnioski Receives Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award

Matthew Wisnioski, associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, has received the Graduate School’s 2018 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award for the College of Liberal Arts a...
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History Course Examines Tumultuous Student Life at Virginia Tech in the 1960s

Department of History faculty member Marian Mollin wanted to make her course, A Nation Divided: America in the 1960s, a bit more personal than a broad sweep coverage of American history ...
Soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 77th Infantry Division listen intently to the news of Germany’s surrender on May 8, 1945, thereafter known as Victory in Europe Day. Despite the good news, their faces remain battle-hardened, as they stand several yards behind the frontlines of continued fighting in Okinawa, Japan. Just minutes after the photograph was taken, the men were back at their posts.

Insights of American Soldiers During World War II to Be Made Available

“If an industrial concern were run as the Army is being run, it would be bankrupt in six months,” one U.S. soldier wrote on a World War II survey. “I think the whole nation should be asked to sacri...
Trudy Harrington Becker

Trudy Harrington Becker Receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Adv...

Trudy Harrington Becker, senior instructor in the Department of History, has received the university’s 2018 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising. Established by the Virgin...
E. Thomas Ewing

Virginia Tech Boosts National Library of Medicine and National Endowment for the Humanitie...

Hokie tracks were clearly evident when the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently reaffirmed their partnership. Signing of the memorandu...
Danna Agmon

Virginia Tech Is Leader in Open-Access Book Publishing Initiative

Virginia Tech is one of only a dozen universities across the nation to be invited to participate in a pilot initiative, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), to provide greater access to scholarl...
A contemporary shot of the McLean House, the site of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, overlays a photograph of the McLean family sitting on their porch soon after the Civil War ended.

Civil War Weekend to explore the power of place

The stillness of a long-ago battlefield, the suffering of soldiers in a prison camp, and the unexpected origins of a historic cemetery will all be explored at the 27th annual Civil War Weekend. Thi...
1918 Flu Epidemic

Summer Seminar to Explore the Most Devastating Flu Epidemic in Recorded History

A century ago this spring, an unusually deadly influenza virus began circling the world, ultimately killing tens of millions of people. That devastating outbreak — often called the 1918 influenza p...
An engraving depicts bubonic plague victims in Marseilles, France, in 1720

Viral Networks Workshop to Illuminate Medical History

Medieval data on the bubonic plague, the gradual adoption of statistics in clinical best practices, and a social-network analysis of women’s health care across a century are just a few examples of...
Yolanda Avent

Yolanda Avent Named Senior Director of Cultural and Community Centers

Yolanda Avent has been named senior director of Cultural and Community Centers at Virginia Tech. Avent, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a degree in history, is returning to he...
Daniel Crosson

Giving Back to Those Who Serve

The day Paul Austin ’65 and his wife, Linda, met Daniel Crosson ’17 was perfect for tailgating. The temperate autumn breeze complemented the warm October sunshine. Chicago maroon and burnt orange blen...
Kathleen Jones

Kathleen Jones Honored with Emerita Status

Kathleen Jones, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emerita by the Virginia T...
Andrew Prunty

Major Andrew Prunty Named Miami Game Hokie Hero

U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Prunty, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from ...

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