November 2014

Objects of Oppression and Liberation: Slavery Artifacts and the American Civil War
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Join the Library's director of public services and outreach, Gregg Kimball, and Dr. Philip Troutman, a professor at George Washington University, for a lecture on the material culture of slavery. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.

Holiday Shoppers' Fair
Friday, November 07, 2014—Saturday, November 08, 2014
Place: Lobby and Conference Rooms, Free

The Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers' Fair—held this year at the Library of Virginia—offers the Richmond region more than a dozen of the best local museum stores under one roof. To celebrate the event's 20th anniversary, the fair will host a birthday party on Friday evening (5:00–8:30 PM) with cake and refreshments—including Virginia wine—as well as 20 percent off all merchandise, a story time for children on Saturday morning, and Virginia author meet-and-greets throughout the weekend. Free and secure parking is available below the Library, with elevator access to the event. Groups are welcome, with bus parking available nearby. For details on group visits, please contact Jennifer Blessman at 804.692.3561.Open Friday: 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM, Saturday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be closed for Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Edna Ferber's America is a critique of Ferber's novels, which convey a broad, nuanced vision of the United States as a multiethnic country, with particular emphasis on Jewish American communities. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Fee,

Geared for beginners, this workshop will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research. This is part of an ongoing series of workshops on researching your family history.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Library will be closed for the Anthem Richmond Marathon.

Factory Man

Factory Man
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Author Beth Macy brings to life John Bassett's fascinating family furniture business with wildly colorful stories from an American industry that once ruled the world—and might again see better days. As Macy shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer will to save hundreds of jobs, she also discovers the hidden history of industry in America.

Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor
Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

This intermediate level genealogy workshop will be led by senior reference archivist Tom Crew and certified genealogist Rebecca Whitman Koford. For more information, contact Adrienne Robertson at 804.692.3001. To register, go to

Wednesday, November 26, 2014—Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be closed from noon on November 26 through Saturday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The State Records Center Archives Annex reading room will also be closed.

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Monday, October 27, 2014—Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.

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