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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

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Tidewater Foodways


Tidewater Virginians have long relied on the water for sustenance. Narrators recount how their cooking has roots in Native settlements along marshes and rivers, seventeenth-century English occupation at Jamestown, lively nineteenth-century trade up the bay to Baltimore, and twentieth-century beach and yacht club tourism.

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Collection & Collage with Ghost of a Dream


At the 2018 Fall Symposium SFA partnered with 21c Museum Hotels to welcome artist collective Ghost of a Dream, Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was, and their stunning installation, “Traveling Through the Dawn of Day.”

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