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October 2012

Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes
Monday, October 01, 2012
Place: Conference Rooms,  Fee, $25 includes lunch To register, visit: libva.com/sch

The Library of Virginia will host Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes, a workshop for local historical and genealogical societies. Participants will learn strategies for planning and completing successful projects, evaluating and working effectively with their collections, identifying grant opportunities and partnerships, and building support for their organizations. The workshop is sponsored by the Virginia State Historical Advisory Board and made possible by a generous State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The day-long workshop will feature concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon, a presentation on a successful collaborative local history preservation project, and tours of Virginia's storied archives. Among the session topics will be: Stories of Virginia Found in the Chancery Records, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, What Is a Public Record?, Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names, and Care and Preservation of Photographs.


A Woman's Place Is in . . . the Voting Booth!: A History of the Woman Suffrage Movement
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

The Library of Virginia, Maymont Foundation, and the League of Women Voters team up for a rousing rally that's sure to inspire everyone to cast their vote on Election Day! Costumed interpreters bring the struggle for woman suffrage to life as Dr. Sandra Treadway, Librarian of Virginia, describes the victories and setbacks of the determined female citizens who sought the right to vote during the 19th and early in the 20th centuries. In addition, documents and materials related to the League of Women Voters' predecessor—the Equal Suffrage League—will be on display. This program complements our exhibition You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia.


Passport to Primary Sources: Back to School Night for Virginia Educators
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lobby and conference Rooms,  Free

Join us for a Back-To-School-Night Open House for Virginia Educators. We're opening our doors to showcase all the different sources and materials available to educators at the Library of Virginia! Enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and more!


Closed
Monday, October 08, 2012

Closed for Columbus Day


Come Tour the Archives of the Commonwealth at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM,  FREE, Space is limited. Call 804-692-3605.

The Library of Virginia is celebrating Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Stacks, Conservation Lab, and Special Collections. Guests will see unique paper items being conserved and learn about the Mutual Assurance Society Collection, legislative petitions, “murder” maps from court records, and election records. The tours will conclude in the Special Collections reading room where the surrender papers of Lord Cornwallis, Stonewall Jackson's last communication to General Robert E. Lee, the Virginia Ordinance of Secession, an 1818 engraved script on parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence, and other treasures of Virginia's history will be on display.


Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen  American Relic

Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

In celebration of Archives Month, David Howard, a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, full-time magazine editor, and author, will discuss and sign Lost Rights, his first book. In 1865, an unknown infantryman rifled through the North Carolina State House, hunting for Confederate mementos—but what he found was no ordinary souvenir. He returned home with a touchstone of our Republic: one of the fourteen original copies of the Bill of Rights. Lost Rights follows that document's epic passage over the course of 138 years, from the Indiana businessman who purchases the looted parchment for five dollars to the antiques dealer who tries to peddle it more than a century later for $5 million. The parchment drifts from the living-room wall of a middle-class Midwestern family into the corruptible world of high-end antiquities before its journey ends with a dramatic FBI sting on the 32nd floor of a Philadelphia office tower. Part history, part detective story, part true-crime yarn, Lost Rights is a page-turner populated by unforgettable characters—the outrageous New England antique-furniture dealer, the real estate magnate seeking his next financial conquest, the folk-art expert who stows the iconic document under his bed, and the little-known historian who divines the parchment's most important secret from a faded, barely legible, 200-year-old notation, among many others.


Book Launch - First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families

Book Launch - First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia Lecture Hall & Virginia’s Executive Mansion,  FREE

Author Mary Miley Theobald will present a book talk at the Library of Virginia to launch the release of First House. A book signing will followed the talk. Tours of the Virginia's Executive Mansion will be available every half hour throughout the day by pre-registration. To pre-register for a tour, please contact Audrey Trussell at 804.371.2642 or by e-mail at Audrey.Trussell@governor.virginia.gov.


The Poe Boys Present: Poe in Fact and Fiction

The Poe Boys Present: Poe in Fact and Fiction
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia Conference Rooms,  
Cost: $20 for program and lunch ($7 additional for Poe Museum visit and performance)


Daniel Stashower (The Beautiful Cigar Girl) and Louis Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye) present a fun- and fact-filled program that explores the mysteries of Poe's biography and the challenges of writing about his life. The program will include a one-day mini-exhibition of Poe ephemera from the Library of Virginia's collections and from the special collections of the Poe Museum, presented by Tom Camden (Library of Virginia's director of Special Collections) and Chris Semtner (Poe Museum curator). The program will conclude with an optional visit to the Poe Museum for a tour and performance. To register, please visit www.literaryva.com or call Kat Spears at 804.356.1928.


Poetic Principles Featuring Joshua Poteat and Henry Hart
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

The evening celebrates the diversity and strength of the poetry being written in Virginia in general and in central Virginia in particular, as it has been supported by the generosity of Carole Weinstein. Henry Hart has been the recipient of the poetry prize presented by Weinstein, and Poteat has benefited from a Weinstein supported residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Both poets explore the history of the region, using their work as a point from which to engage a past that yet demands a reckoning.


Film Screening: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Film Screening: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 7:15 PM–9:00 PM
Place: The Byrd Theatre,  FREE

In honor of Tom Robbins, the 2012 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the Byrd Theatre will screen Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, based on the novel of the same name and narrated by the author. Tom Robbins will make a special appearance that evening at the Byrd to introduce the film. Come out to celebrate Robbins's contribution to American literature and enjoy an evening at this historic theater. Though the event is free, donations will be gratefully accepted to support the ongoing operations and preservation of the Byrd Theatre.


James River Writers Workshops
Friday, October 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: State Capitol, House and Senate Rooms 3,  
Cost: Visit www.jamesriverwriters.org


Half-day workshops will explore techniques in writing and strategies for seeking publication. Visit James River Writers (www.jamesriverwriters.org) for more information or e-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org.


CSI for Young Mystery Writers with Award-Winning Author Marcia Talley and the VCU Department of Forensic Science
Friday, October 19, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Commonwealth University, Dept. of Forensic Science Lab,  
Cost: $40 (includes catered dinner and all materials) SOLD OUT!


This engaging hands-on workshop in the VCU Forensics lab will explore investigative techniques used by crime-solving professionals. Mystery writers age 12 to 15 will learn writing techniques from award-winning mystery novelist Marcia Talley and investigative techniques from VCU Department of Forensic Science faculty members. Space is limited. To register, visit www.literaryva.com or call Kat Spears at 804.356.1928.


Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love
Affair

Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 19, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center,  
Cost: $5 SOLD OUT!


To explore the relationship between poetry and the visual arts, the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts welcome the Smithsonian Institution's ever-popular presenter Dr. Aneta Georgievska-Shine. Join us for a magical evening as we delve into the “undying love affair” between poetry and master works of art. The program will include a presentation copy of a new work: The Muses, a limited edition booklet created exclusively for the event. The Muses will feature a selection of nine works of art from the VMFA's collections—chosen by the nine museum curators—each accompanied by an original poem written by one of nine award-winning poets. A wine-and-cheese reception will immediately follow the program. For more information, call Kat Spears at 804.356.1928.


Closed
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Closed all day for Literary Awards Celebration event


Create Your Own Book: A Workshop for Kids
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
Place: Henrico Public Library, Tuckahoe Branch,  FREE

Richmond author and educator Kathryn Starke will lead a workshop for aspiring authors ages six to nine at Tuckahoe Area Library. Participants will turn their story ideas into an illustrated, bound book. All materials will be provided.


Literary Luncheon Featuring Tom Robbins

Literary Luncheon Featuring Tom Robbins
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Richmond Convention Center,  
Cost: $40 before September 1 ($45 after September 1)


The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Luncheon features medal presentations for all Virginia Literary Award finalists and a keynote presentation by internationally renowned author and 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tom Robbins. Virginia Literary Award finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon. All finalists will be announced in August 2012. To register, visit www.literaryva.com or call Kat Spears at 804.356.1928.


Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will once again feature host Adriana Trigiani for 2012, plus Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tom Robbins. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner and the ceremony. Tickets include seated dinner, choice of book, and open bar for $175 per person. Tickets for a special VIP cocktail reception in a restricted area of the Library with finalists and Lifetime Achievement recipient are available for an additional charge. For more information or to register, visit www.literaryva.com or call Kat Spears at 804.356.1928.


James River Writers Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2012—Sunday, October 21, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Richmond Convention Center,  
Cost: Visit www.jamesriverwriters.org


This annual educational conference for writers features nationally and internationally known authors and sessions with literary agents. For more information or to register, visit www.jamesriverwriters.org or e-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org.


Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book ”based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers” opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. A book signing will follow the talk.


Come Tour the Archives of the Commonwealth at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM,  Space is limited. RSVP by calling 804-692-3605.

The Library of Virginia is celebrating Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Stacks, Conservation Lab, and Special Collections. Guests will see unique paper items being conserved and learn about the Mutual Assurance Society Collection, legislative petitions, “murder” maps from court records, and election records. The tours will conclude in the Special Collections reading room where the surrender papers of Lord Cornwallis, Stonewall Jackson's last communication to General Robert E. Lee, the Virginia Ordinance of Secession, an 1818 engraved script on parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence, and other treasures of Virginia's history will be on display.


Library Closed
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Due to the significant statewide impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Governor has ordered that all Executive Branch non-Higher Education agencies across the Commonwealth will be closed on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. This does include agencies such as the Library of Virginia.


You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012—Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.