Silver Linings: Books, Newspapers and Zoom
in the Age of COVID-19

Despite the persistent onslaught of COVID-19 and its related challenges in our communities, Literacy InterActives, Inc. (LIA) had a year of exceptional accomplishments because of the commitment and ongoing support of our board members, advisory council members, and stakeholders near and far. In 2020 Literacy InterActives, Inc. (LIA) received a generous grant from Virginia Humanities. We were set to conduct a series of in-person workshops that would focus on multiple interpretations of historic preservation in Southern Virginia. With the impact of the pandemic, LIA had to quickly shift its planning and target a virtual audience for the series entitled, “This is Us: Preserving Our Church Histories,” a public virtual event that opened up new relationships and networking about new approaches to historic preservation of sacred spaces.



Visit the Workshop Series Recording Links

April 17, 2021: “Conversations with the Ancestors: Women Collecting Funeral Service Programs”

April 24, 2021: “Preserving Our Church Histories for the Generations”

Stay tuned for more virtual events for 2022!


Webinar: “Rosenwald Schools in Virginia: Updates and Preservation Tools”
Preservation Virginia

Preservation of African American Churches, Cemeteries, Historic
Structures, Associated Land and Landmarks
Webinar Series: “Somebody’s Calling My Name”
Baptist General Convention of Virginia

National Virtual Conference
American Association for State and
Local History

PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program
“Lead the Change”
National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Antebellum Plantation Weddings Among Enslaved Women and Men”

By Angelita D. Reyes
Preservation Magazine, October 18, 2021
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Webinar: “Archaeology, Social Relevance, and Community Engagement”

Preservation Virginia

Slave Dwelling Project Conference


National Trust for Historic Preservation
Symposium on Plantation Weddings

Preservation Virginia Award for
Achievement in Historic Preservation

PastForward Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Diversity Scholars Award

Webinar Series: Preservation of African American Sacred Spaces
Baptist General Convention of Virginia

Preserving African American Historic Places Symposium
Preservation Virginia

Preservation Virginia, Danville, Virginia
2018 Virginia Forum, Emory and Henry College
2017 Virginia Forum, Norfolk State University
2016 Virginia Forum, Jamestown Settlement/Colonial Williamsburg
2015 Collegium on African American Research
2015 Virginia Forum, Virginia Commonwealth University
2015 National Council on Public History
2014 Women’s History Month at Duquesne University
2013 Virginia Forum, “Writing Among the Dead”
2012 Virginia Forum, James Madison University
2012 Clarksville Regional Museum, Mother’s Day Exhibit
2011 Boydton Day Celebration
2011 Virginia Forum, Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Institute
2010 Virginia Forum, Christopher Newport University
2009 Virginia Forum, Longwood University
2008 Virginia Forum, University of Mary Washington