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Past News and Annoucements

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June 2014: Eight New State Historical Markers Approved: The adoption by Virginia’s General Assembly of a statute establishing religious freedom, the life of a free African American who became the first president of the African nation of Liberia, the battlefield promotion a Civil War hero, and the founding of a college fraternity in 1865 inspired by Robert E. Lee are among the topics covered in eight new state historical markers recently approved by DHR's Board of Historic Resources. Read the press release announcing the new markers.
Eight New Historical Markers Approved in March 2014: An “old folks” home for once enslaved women, a Confederate camp that emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War, a resort hotel and four schools built to serve African Americans during the era of segregation, and the origins of the Town of Reston are highlighted in eight historical highway markers approved in March. Read the press release and the text for each marker.

Updated: How to Research Your Historic Property: Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses often want to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated our publication on how to conduct research on a historic property and it is available for downloading as a PDF. The publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history of a Virginia property.

Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Community Bank Building, ca. 1970s, in Buena Vista. (Photo: DHR tax credit file)

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy: The rehabilitation, re-use and preservation of Virginia’s historic residential and commercial buildings is good for the commonwealth’s economy according to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The benefits of bringing old buildings back to life ripples across the economy and through local communities, adding upwards of an estimated $3.9 billion to the state’s economic health. Those rehabilitation expenses and their domino effect have also created more than 31,000 full and part-time jobs during a 17-year period and generated an estimated $133 million in state and local tax revenues. Read the 51-page report or see this Preservation Virginia press release highlighting the study's findings.

Five New State Historical Markers Approved: The new markers approved in December 2013 will highlight the first black Girl Scout troop in the South, the first coeducational Presbyterian training school for lay workers, First African Baptist Church in Richmond, a popular 20th-century illustrator and artist from Salem, and a pioneering agricultural educator in southwest Virginia. For more information, read this press release.

V-CRIS has a new public access feature: DHR is pleased to announce that our new GIS-based database, known as V-CRIS, allows limited access to the public. While V-CRIS is a fee-based, licensed service, it does feature a public component that allows visitors to search the database for basic information on individual architectural resources or historic districts. It can be accessed here. Meanwhile, detailed information about architectural and archaeological resources can be found using the fee-based system, registration available here.

DHR's most recent publication: Jordan's Point, Virginia: Archaeology in Perspective, Prehistoric to Modern Times by Martha W. McCartney:  If there is “a world in a grain of sand,” as the poet William Blake writes, then imagine what archaeology can reveal at a richly layered triangle of land known as Jordan’s Point, situated along the James River, just down river from the City of Hopewell. What archaeologists discovered there through careful investigations sponsored by [DHR] ... is a path into the worlds of Virginia prehistory, colonial, and post-colonial history ... Anyone interested in Virginia history will want Martha McCartney’s book in his or her library. — From the Foreword by Kathleen S. Kilpatrick, Former Director, DHR. Generously illustrated and priced at $14.95, it is now available through local bookstores or the University of Virginia Press.

DHR architectural historian Michael Pulice has authored a book titled Discovering the True Legacies of the Deyerle Builders: Nineteenth-Century Brick Architecture in the Roanoke Valley and Beyond. The book is available from the History Museum of Western Virginia, which brought it to publication. Read this review. Go here to order the book online.

DHR Official Survey Manual (PDF). The newly revised (October 2011) version of the Survey Manual, officially known as "Guidelines for Conducting Historic Resources Survey in Virginia," is now available. (Chapters 6 and 7 of the manual, which are devoted to archaeological survey, were previously released in 2009.) Thanks to those who submitted comments on a prior draft of the manual earlier this year.  
Updated: Virginia Atlas of Archaeology: We have posted an updated atlas featuring links to destinations in Virginia that are open to the public and feature exhibits or information related to archaeology. Visit the Virginia ArchNet webpage or go directly to the atlas here. 
Now available. A Handbook and Resource Guide for Owners of Virginia's Historic Houses. Authored by Camille Agricola Bowman, an architectural historian and technical easement advisor with DHR, this excellent and attractive publication offers valuable information on the proper stewardship of a historic house as well as plenty of additional places to turn for expert guidance on various restoration repairs. It's an indispensible primer for the owner of a historic property. Loaded with color photographs, the is 64-page book is now available from DHR for $3 (to cover postage). Order form. (Updated Aug. 2012) 
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Updated: 6.19.2014