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October 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Closed for Columbus Day

Restructuring the American Family
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Before 1865, Virginia law refused to recognize the relationships of enslaved couples. Emancipation, however, permitted formerly enslaved people to reconnect, if not reunite, with family members. Local records archivist Greg Crawford will share stories found in the Library of Virginia's collections of African Americans seeking to rebuild their families following emancipation. He will also discuss resources offered by the Library to access these stories. This talk complements Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Reynolds Lecture Hall,  Fee, $8. Tickets may be purchased online at http://vmfa.museum/calendar/

Hear New York Times best-selling author Susan Vreeland speak about her latest novel, Lisette's List, the 2015 winner of the Art in Literature prize, awarded jointly by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Set in the beautiful Provencal town of Roussillon, France, Lisette's List tells the story of three artists, three centuries, and three wars and explores the power that art has to help us understand and make sense of the world. Vreeland will discuss how art has transformed her life as well as informed her historical fiction, which includes Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Luncheon of the Boating Party, among other works. Reception and book signing in the Marble Hall follows the talk.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Closed to prepare for annual Literary Awards celebration

Literary Luncheon
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219,  Fee. $65 ($55 for Semper Virginia Society members)

The Library of Virginia's 2015 Literary Luncheon features a question-and-answer session with this year's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Jan Karon, as well as medal presentations for Literary Award finalists. Karon and the finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia,  Fee. $175

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will feature Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jan Karon. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and book signings. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

CELEBRATE ARCHIVES MONTH 2015 Archival Treasures — Find Your Hidden Gem
Monday, October 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon,  Free

Come to the Library of Virginia for a special “treasure hunt” tour. Explore some of the Library's many unique treasures, from newspapers and private papers to local and state records and special collections. Registration required. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tour-archives-month-at-the-library-of-virginia-tickets-18053613845 Tour repeats at 2:00 PM.

Poetic Principles: An Evening with the Poetry of Claudia Emerson
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Friends and colleagues of the late Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, will read poems from her latest collections, Impossible Bottle and Opposite House. A reception precedes the event.

Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Monday, July 06, 2015—Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall,  Free

Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.