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On September 25, 2019 the UncommonWealth Blog (the combination of our previously two separate blogs, Fit-to-Print and Out of the Box) was born!

We couldn’t let it go without thanking our audience for joining us through Virginia history and literature. These pasts few months have been hard for everyone and we are very appreciative of being able to stay in touch with you even when we were physically closed.

To celebrate we want to share with you the top posts from our first year but we also want to hear from you about what you would like to see in the future. To let us know what you would like to learn more about please participate in the poll at the end of this post or email us at

But without further ado, our top 5 most viewed posts of the year…


Libraries in the Time of COVID-19

A collection of resources available to those with a Virginia public library card was a very timely and widely used resource this year and the current record holder for "most viewed post".


Complicated History: The Memorial To Robert E. Lee In Richmond

A post dating back to our pre-UncommonWealth blog days that has found greater relevance this year.


Make Some History From The Comfort Of Your Couch!

Learn all about our crowd-sourcing projects that you can participate in from home. A perfect COVID-19 era activity.


Eliza House Trist & Thomas Jefferson

Our Fall 2019 Virginia Humanities Fellow, Karen Chase, wrote about her research of a woman who traveled down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.


Facing Our History, Forging Our Future

A reflection on the moment and our commitment to "actively and honestly engaging the commonwealth’s past, [in order] to help inspire Virginians to create a unified future."


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Header Image Citation

Leftwich – Jamerson Family Photograph Collection.

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