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February 2016

2016 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Exhibition
Monday, February 01, 2016—Saturday, February 06, 2016
Place: Second Floor Lobby,  Free

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power honor eight distinguished Virginians in this traveling exhibition as the 2016 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Through education and advocacy, they demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people. For a schedule of this traveling exhibition, please visit: www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/2015/exhibit.htm.


Closed
Saturday, February 13, 2016—Monday, February 15, 2016

Closed for George Washington Day holiday weekend


The 2016 Symposium: The Road from Appomattox
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  $60 ($40 for American Civil War Museum and Library of Virginia members/donors) Includes boxed lunch if registration is submitted by February 16.

Cosponsored with the new John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia and hosted by the Library of Virginia, the American Civil War Museum's 2016 symposium will explore “The Road from Appomattox: Political Violence, Military Conflict, and National Reunion” and feature lectures about violence and the contest over the scope of African American freedom, a comparative look at the U.S. Army's treatment of Southern civilians and Native Americans, and the relationships between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. The symposium will consider questions of continuity between the Civil War and postwar violence and the role of violence in shaping postwar America. Register now. Questions? Contact John Coski at jcoski@acwm.org.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Transcribe-a-thon
Saturday, February 27, 2016
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.


2016 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Exhibition
Monday, February 22, 2016—Monday, February 29, 2016
Place: Second Floor Lobby,  Free

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power honor eight distinguished Virginians in this traveling exhibition as the 2016 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Through education and advocacy, they demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people. For a schedule of this traveling exhibition, please visit: www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/2015/exhibit.htm.


Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016—Saturday, March 12, 2016

Please note that the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, will be in session for 60 days beginning January 13. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time.


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.


2016 Virginia Women in History Exhibition
Tuesday, March 01, 2016—Thursday, March 31, 2016
Place: Second Floor Lobby,  Free

In observance of Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia celebrates the lives and contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women in this traveling exhibition as the 2016 Virginia Women in History. The honorees have developed new approaches to old problems, served their communities, striven for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes that continue to affect our lives today. For a schedule of this traveling exhibition, please visit: www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2015/events.htm.