Our Department of History publishes cutting-edge historical research, trains students to become critical thinkers and strong researchers, and shares our passion for history with the community. Classes are small, and our close-knit History majors and faculty hold regular social events and service activities through our award-winning history honor society.
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The exhibit, “Stories from the Great War: VPI Men in the Service of Their Country, 1917–1918,” will capture the stories of nine Virginia Polytechnic Institute alumni who fought during World War One.
An online exhibit celebrates the nearly 2,300 Virginia Polytechnic Institute men who served in the military during World War I.
The 26th annual Civil War Weekend, held in Blacksburg from March 17 to 19, will tackle the intriguing question of when Union victory became certain.
To shine light on the home financing inequities of the 1930s a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech have launched a website with of historic maps of 225 U.S. cities.
Every Hokie has a story. Whether attending as a cadet in the years following World War II, breaking ground as one of the first African-American women to be accepted as a student, or using time on the university tennis team to build a career as a professional tennis umpire, alumni made memories on campus.
Jun 28, 2017 / 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A free reception showcasing an exhibit on "Mapping the Fourth of July," a crowdsourced online archive of primary sources that reveals how Americans of the Civil War era celebrated Independence Day. Virginia Tech's Newman Library, Alumni Mall and Stanger Street, near the 2nd floor circulation desk.
Jun 30, 2017 / 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Heard about Virginia Tech's "Mapping the Fourth of July" website and want to check it out yourself? Getting ready for this year's July 4 holiday and curious about how Americans celebrated their national anniversary during the Civil War era, when their nation was falling apart? Stop by Blacksburg Public Library any time between 3 and 5 p.m. to chat with the project team and try your hand at transcribing, tagging, and more. Computers and expert guidance will be provided. Blacksburg Public Library is at 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg VA 24060