Albemarle County enjoys a rich Jewish tradition dating to the mid-18th century. Jews have been instrumental leaders in the social, commercial, political and religious life of the area. In 1882 Congregation Beth Israel, formerly the Hebrew Benevolent Society, laid the cornerstone on the region’s first synagogue, located in downtown Charlottesville at the northwest corner of Second and Market Streets. Only a decade later, the federal government bought the site for a new Post Office and Courthouse, which opened there in 1906 (and is today the home of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library). Congregation Beth Israel’s members painstakingly erected a new home (shown in this photo) only a few blocks to the north, at Jefferson and Third Streets, reusing much of the materials from the original temple. Unveiled in 1904, it survives today as the heart of the thriving and inspiring Jewish community of Central Virginia. (photo by Rufus Holsinger and courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia).

The Magazine of Albemarle County History

The Magazine of Albemarle County History has always been among our most important programs. Those who founded the Historical Society in Charlottesville in the spring of 1940 were united by a common goal to engage in and share original historic research about the region. Only a year later, in 1941, these founding members published their first collection of articles. Initially titled the “Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society,” the Magazine has continued to maintain an incredibly high standard for its published works. It has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the best publications of its kind in the country. Topics have focused on exploring the history of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the entire Central Virginia region. Authors have included PhD and lay historians alike, as well as graduate students, genealogists, and others. The Magazine is published annually, and is usually released towards the end of a calendar year. Copies are now made available online, in addition to being for sale in our Museum offices downtown. If you are interested in submitting an article or would like to query the Editor, please see the full Submissions Guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines

The Magazine of Albemarle County History (MACH) welcomes submissions. Any topics that explore the history of the Central Virginia region will be considered by our editorial team— including brief biographies of individuals, accounts of events, histories of institutions or businesses, scholarly essays in art or architectural history, edited memoirs and diaries, transcribed documents, letters, and interviews, the results of archaeological surveys, indexes of public records, genealogies, and abstracts of source material that will contribute to improved research. MACH aims to offer to our readers new information and insights about local history in a format that combines rigorous research with a readable style.

Contributors may submit either finished manuscripts or editorial queries for consideration. In either case a letter/email must briefly outline the proposed topic, explain the relevance of the topic to our readers, provide a brief summary of the sources consulted, list the writer’s relevant qualifications or expertise in the topic area, and offer suggestions for illustrations that would accompany the proposed article. Please note that a positive response to a proposal does not constitute a promise to publish a resulting manuscript.

Topic Choice: Submissions should avoid duplicating topics previously published in MACH.
Originality/Exclusivity: All submissions must be original to the contributor. Submissions should not be under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere. Unless otherwise requested by the Editor, submissions should not have been previously published.
Sources: Submissions must rely to the extent possible on primary source material rather than secondary sources or scholarly works. In manuscript submissions, source citation must be inserted into the document using Microsoft Word’s automatic endnote function.
Images: Contributors must obtain written permission from proper authorities to reproduce any images as illustrations in MACH. Our editorial team will assist whenever possible. Digital scans or photographs should be provided in high-resolution JPEG or TIFF format at 300 dpi or greater.
Length: Manuscripts submitted for consideration should not exceed 15,000 words. Most often, our published pieces tend to be anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 words, but we will consider shorter articles as well.
Style: MACH uses the Chicago Manual Style (16th Edition). Manuscript submissions should be double-spaced using Times New Roman 12pt font and 1-inch page margins.
Deadline: Manuscripts for each annual issue must be submitted in full to the Editor, meeting all above requirements, by June 1 of each year. Queries for possible submissions can be submitted to the Editor at any time.
Submission: All manuscripts must be produced in Microsoft Word (or a compatible software equivalent) and submitted electronically as email attachments or by flash drive or disk. Queries may be made by email or U.S. mail. If illustrations are included in the submission, they should be in the form of digital scans or photographs, following the criteria above. Do not send original print photographs or artwork.

Submit to: editor@albemarlehistory.org with “Editor/MACH Submission” in the subject line OR mail an electronic file on flash drive or disk to Editor, Magazine of Albemarle County History, 200 Second Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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