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Best on the Web – Find Virginia Historical Markers

Photo courtesy of VDHR

If you have driven Virginia’s roadways, chances are you have seen one of the more than 2,000 historical markers that provide travelers with information about noteworthy people, places, or events in Virginia history. The marker program began in 1927 recognizing Virginia’s “great men,” colonial buildings, and events of the American Revolution and Civil War. By the late 1970s, the marker program’s focus expanded, and in recent years a concerted effort was made to shape a program that reflects the full diversity of Virginia’s rich historic legacy by developing markers that deal with significant people, places, and events in African American, Native American, and women’s history. Examples of markers include Booker T. Washington’s Birthplace; the Pamunkey Indians; Mary Randolph, author of the first regional cookbook in 1824; and the song “The Wreck of the Old 97.”

These free databases provide access to photos and information about Virginia’s markers. Use them to plot your own history themed day trip or brush up on historical facts in your area.

Virginia Department of Historic Resources – Historical Highway Markers
Search by keyword, location, marker number, or category. This site features customizable Google Maps.

A new and convenient tool that allows users to search by topic and/or location. This site features a Virginia SOL guide and email notifications when markers are erected or replaced.

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Best on the Web – Explore Virginia’s History, Culture & People

A dance group rehearses in one of Richmond's parks. This image is one of 5,675 Virginia scenes contained in the 1939 World's Fair Photograph Collection. Library of Virginia Prints & Photographs Division. LVA C1:1/04/08/024

Encyclopedia Virginia is the first and ultimate online reference work about the Commonwealth. It aggregates in a single resource information on Virginia history, business, politics, and geography, plus the state’s proud heritage in the arts, religion, culture, and folklife. The Encyclopedia is in the early stage of development, but as it grows, it will also explore areas of science, medicine, education, and technology, and interpret the state’s significance to the people of Virginia, the nation, and the world. This website already offers a rich collection of articles, sound and video excerpts, maps, images, and reference—great for Virginia historians and students alike. Users can create personal accounts to track research and cross-reference resources. Teachers can browse entries by state SOLs. And my favorite part of this website is the customizable Google map of Virginia event locations. Simply hover over or click on map markers to view related encyclopedia entries.

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Best on the Web – Your Summer Adventure Awaits

No summer is complete without a family road trip. Don’t let rising gas prices stop you from getting out and seeing the great family-friendly attractions Virginia has to offer. Check out free and affordable adventures within a day’s drive and in your own backyard on the official Virginia tourism website, www.Virginia.org. This website features customizable maps, planning guides, visitor ratings, and travel advice. Whether you’re interested in hiking, biking, restaurants, or rest and relaxation, this site has everything you need to get started.

Join us for Affordable Adventures on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Hopewell Library. Marie Henderson of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will be presenting information about parks, trails, vineyards, museums, and other fun destinations. Everyone in attendance has a chance to win free tickets to one of five exciting local attractions!

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Best on the Web – Learn Job Skills for Free!

What’s holding you back from a well-paying and satisfying career? These days, competition for jobs is fierce; it takes more than experience and a strong work ethic to set yourself apart from other job seekers. If you’re like a lot of us, you want to develop your professional skills and knowledge fast. But classes and training cost time and money. If you’re short on one or both, take a few moments to check out Virginia Workforce Connection’s list of free Online Learning Resources. The range and depth of learning opportunities available through this web site are impressive. From Microsoft Office programs and human resource management, to effective communication and engineering, this site provides access to university style courses and expertly-written, self-guided instruction. Build expertise for your current job, prepare for the next level, or develop more marketable skills for your job search.

The goal is to never stop learning. Remember to take advantage of the information and resources available at www.FindItVA.com. Simply type a subject word or phrase in the search field to get started!

Job Seekers Workshop

January 24, 5:30 p.m.

Hopewell Library

Join us for this exciting (and FREE!) workshop where job seekers will learn tips for navigating career web sites, how to use email to contact employers, and suggestions for writing and sending resumes. All participants will receive an informative resource guide to help them maximize their job seeking efforts. Call 804.458.6329 x1005 to register.

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