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December 2014

Online Genealogy Research
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon,  $15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Many libraries and archives are digitizing their collections to provide easier access for users. Join senior reference archivist Kelly Sizemore to learn how to find digitized records online to help in your genealogical research. Class size is limited to 12 people. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/prn26da.


Friends and Family Holiday Sale at the Virginia Shop
Monday, December 15, 2014—Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Place: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia,   Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM Saturday, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

We're celebrating our friends and family this holiday season with a special sale in the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia. A large variety of holiday and regular merchandise will be marked down up to 50% off the original price and full-priced items will be 10% off. As a bonus to Semper Virginia Society members, we're extending the mark down to 20% off all full-priced merchandise in the Library store over the course of the sale. Join as a new or renewing member and receive a whopping 30% off your entire purchase of full-priced merchandise! Visit us online at www.thevirginiashop.org/foundation-membership.aspx or call Jennifer Blessman at 804.692.3561.


Closed
Wednesday, December 24, 2014—Saturday, December 27, 2014
Time: Noon

The Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27. The State Records Center Archives Annex reading room will also be closed.


Closed
Thursday, January 01, 2015—Saturday, January 03, 2015

Closed for New Year's Day Holiday. The State Records Center Archives Annex reading room will also be closed.


Virginia Is for Lovers
Monday, December 01, 2014—Monday, January 05, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Voorhees Map Reading Room (2nd floor),  Free

Virginia Is for Lovers celebrates 45 years of enticing tourists to the commonwealth. Created by the Martin & Woltz advertising firm in 1969, Virginia Is for Lovers remains one of the most recognized tourism marketing slogans. This small exhibition highlights some of the many ways this iconic slogan has been used throughout its history.


To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Monday, October 27, 2014—Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall,  Free

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.