40th Anniversary of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


WHEREAS, in 1974, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy (VFH) was founded to foster the development of public understanding of the humanities and to relate the humanities to current issues; and

WHEREAS, for forty years under the leadership of President Robert C. Vaughan, III, the VFH has connected people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement; and

WHEREAS, VFH has become the largest and most diverse humanities council in the country, promoting lifelong learning, public dialogue, and civic engagement for Virginians and serving as a model for other humanities centers and programs; and

WHEREAS, VFH has produced more than 40,000 humanities programs including festivals, public radio programs, and digital initiatives, and contributed to more than 3,000 grant projects and 300 individual and collaborative fellowships; and

WHEREAS, VFH has sought to tell Virginia’s stories and has prioritized telling the stories of women, African Americans, Virginia Indians, and the increasingly diverse communities of our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, in 2014-2015, building on its rich forty-year history, the Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to shape a more promising future for Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize January 22, 2015, as the 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.