Our Commonwealth: People and Places of Virginia

USD $44.95



ISBN: 978-1-913875-34-3

232 pages

265 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 10 ½ in)

400 colour illustrations

In association with Virginia Museum of History & Culture

August 2024


A rich cultural overview of Virginia which immerses readers in the landscapes, foodways, industries, and people that make up this diverse state.

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Our Commonwealth: People & Places of Virginia provides an in-depth exploration through the five major regions of Virginia and features stories and artefacts from cultural institutions throughout the state. Each geographical region—Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Southwest and Tidewater Virginia—takes us on a memorable journey that connects our past with the present. Extensively illustrated, with beautiful scenic images and stills, the volume frames a narrative footprint for each regional section, immersing us in the arts, culture, food, music, industry and people that make the state unique. Objects, archival materials, and personal stories enable readers to explore key historical moments and regional themes and understand what makes Virginia, Virginia.

Author biography

Andrew H. Talkov is senior director of Curatorial Affairs, Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword 
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Tidewater Virginia
  • Northern Virginia
  • Central Virginia
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Southwest Virginia
  • Afterword
  • Index