February 2014

Book Signing with The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: Noon–3:00 PM
Place: Bolling Haxall House, 211 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219, Free and open to the public. Questions? 804-643-2847

The Woman's Club, in partnership with the Library of Virginia, will host a book signing with the Countess of Carnarvon of her new book, "Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey."

An Evening with the Countess

An Evening with the Countess
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: The Womanís Club, Bolling Haxall House (211 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219), $50 for members of the Semper Virginia Society or The Womanís Club and nonmember guests.

"An Evening with the Countess" will include a presentation by the Countess of Carnarvon on her new book, preceded by a wine reception meet-and-greet. The reception will be from 5:00 PM–6:00 PM followed by the presentation from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM. For more information please call Jennifer Blessman at 804.692.3561.

Inclement Weather
Wednesday, February 12, 2014—Thursday, February 13, 2014

Due to inclement weather, State Agencies in the Richmond-Metro area, including the Library of Virginia, will be closed Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Film Screening: It Happened One Night-CANCELLED due to impending winter storm.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join us for a screening of Frank Capra's 1934 classic romantic comedy, It Happened One Night, starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. The film, which has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, was the first to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay). This story of opposites attracting—with Colbert's pampered socialite and Gable's roguish reporter forced to share a motel room for the night—remains a standard for its genre. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture.

Inclement Weather
Thursday, February 13, 2014—Friday, February 14, 2014

Due to inclement weather, Executive Branch Agencies in the Richmond Metropolitan area, including the Library of Virginia, will open with a 2-hour delay on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Library will be closed so reading rooms can be open on George Washington Day.

Administrative offices closed
Monday, February 17, 2014

Administrative offices will be closed for George Washington Day. Lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.

STRONG MEN & WOMEN PANEL DISCUSSION John Mitchell: Life and Legacy of Richmond's “Race Man”
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Early in the 20th century, the term “race man” described a public figure who promoted the interests of African Americans on every front. John Mitchell published the Richmond Planet from 1884 to 1929 and made it one of the most influential black newspapers of its time. Greg McQuade of Richmond news station WTVR moderates a conversation on this important figure with historian Roice Luke, biographer Ann Field Alexander, and journalist Brenda Andrews. A reception follows the program and rarely seen editions of the Planet will be on display. This program, part of the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History project (www.lva.virginia.gov/smw), is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by a generous gift from Dominion.

The 2013 Symposium – Person of the Year: 1864
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Fee, $40 for Museum of the Confederacy members and Library donors, $60 for nonmembers (includes boxed lunch).

What person or group most influenced events in 1864? This question will be the charge given to the speakers—and to the audience—at the 2014 symposium. Gary Gallagher, Harold Holzer, John Marszalek, Joe Mobley, and Craig Symonds will nominate candidates for "Person of the Year: 1864" in their lectures and the audience will get to vote on the winner at the all-day event. To register online, go to www.moc.org.

No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Tuesday, October 15, 2013—Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery, Free

Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

MacLauchlin's Butterfly in the Typewriter is the definitive biography of John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, whose fascinating life and death have remained shrouded in mystery. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby, Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.

Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014—Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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 8. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time because construction on the Ninth Street Office Building is closing the gravel parking lot at Ninth and Broad streets.

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