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July 2017

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Saturday, July 01, 2017—Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Closed for Independence Day holiday


BOOK TALK WITH JON KUKLA<br>Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

BOOK TALK WITH JON KUKLA
Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

Thursday, July 06, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join historian and author Jon Kukla as he discusses his latest work with Sarah McConnell, producer and host of public radio's “With Good Reason.” This authoritative biography of Patrick Henry—the underappreciated founding father best known for saying, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”—restores him and his fellow Virginians to their seminal place in the story of American independence. Henry was enormously influential in his time, but his accomplishments, other than his oratory, were subsequently all but forgotten. Kukla has thoroughly researched Henry's life, even living on one of Henry's estates. He brings both newly discovered documents and new insights to the story of the patriot who played a central role in the movement to independence, the Revolution, the Constitutional era, and the early Republic. Reception at 5:30 pm, book talk at 6:00 pm, and book signing at 7:00 pm. The book is available for pre-order through the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or https://goo.gl/rlW2xQ.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

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


INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
"To Be a Virginian": How to Trace your Virginia Roots

Friday, July 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Preregistration required: https://libraryofvatracevaroots.eventbrite.com

Library of Virginia archivists introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

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


EXHIBITION
Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017—Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.


EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Saturday, December 30, 2017
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.