June 2018

MILITARY RECORDS GENEALOGY WORKSHOP<br>To Provide for the Common Defense: Virginia Military Records Research

MILITARY RECORDS GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
To Provide for the Common Defense: Virginia Military Records Research

Friday, June 08, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Preregistration required: https://militaryrecordsresearch2018.eventbrite.com
The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from Virginia's founding in 1607 to the end of World War II. Library staff members Tom Crew (senior reference archivist) and Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) present records unique to the Library, as well as records available here on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed resources. Service in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II will be highlighted, along with militia service through the centuries, as well as lesser-known conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the French and Indian War. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


NEW BOOK CLUB!<br>Literary Virginia Book Group

NEW BOOK CLUB!
Literary Virginia Book Group

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room, Free

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and nominees in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. Come for the June kickoff and pick up the first title, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown (2017's fiction award winner), to be discussed in July. No registration required for first meeting. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center

Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center

Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).


A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON<br>World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON
World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Caroline Preston will discuss her new novel, The War Bride's Scrapbook, which is presented in the unique form of a World War II scrapbook. The novel tells the story of Lila Jerome, who impetuously marries a soldier a week before he ships out to the European front. In a kaleidoscope of letters and drawings, Lila redefines her life and come to terms with a new marriage separated by an ocean and war. Preston will also show examples from the Library's vast collection WWII-era scrapbooks. You are invited to bring in your own family scrapbooks and WWII records. After the talk, Preston will give advice on how to preserve old scrapbooks and how to reproduce them for future generations. Media sponsor: The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Funding is provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018—Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.



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