November 2016

Behind the Scenes at the Library: Conservation Tours
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Place: Meet at Front Desk in the Lobby, Free, but registration required.

In honor of Archives Month, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library of Virginia. Tour the second floor with a special stop in the Map Room, followed by a demonstration in the Conservation Lab. Tour repeats at 2:00 PM.

Military Records at the Library of Virginia
Friday, November 04, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Preregistration required. $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from Virginia's founding in 1607 to the end of World War II. This presentation will cover records unique to the Library, as well as records available here on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed resources. Service in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, as well as in lesser-known conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the French & Indian War will be highlighted, along with militia service through the centuries, and World Wars I & II. Preregistration is required:

Workshop: How to Value Maps
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM–Noon
Place: Conference Rooms, Free, Registration required:

Most of us have maps, whether in drawers, framed on walls, or in our attics. Have you ever wondered what your maps are worth? Join guest speaker Eliane Dotson as she shares secrets of the trade on how to value maps. Learn what key factors affect the value of a map and how to estimate how much a map is worth. For more information about this event, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804-692-3813 or e-mail

Friday, November 11, 2016

Closed for Veterans Day

Thursday, November 10, 2016—Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Library will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veterans Day and closed on November 12 for the Anthem Richmond Marathon.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Closed for the Anthem Richmond Marathon

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Conference Room, Free, but registration required. Http://

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:

Toxic Dust: The Virginia Kepone Disaster
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow Dr. Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, will discuss his research into the Kepone disaster in Virginia. Kepone first came into the public consciousness as a dangerous toxin in July 1975. That month news broke about the poisoning of workers in Hopewell who made the insecticide, and the dumping of the substance into the James River and nearby tributaries by the two companies involved: Allied Chemical and Life Science Products. These discoveries generated fear and anger, as well as denial and disbelief. In the wake of this news, a number of significant and long-lasting political, legal, scientific, and other actions followed, from the local to the global. Yet until now the Kepone story remains largely unknown outside the region and untold by scholars in the humanities. Wilson's talk will explore the many facets of the Kepone disaster and highlight the contested values that continue to shape public health and our relationship with the environment.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016—Saturday, November 26, 2016

Closed from noon on Wednesday, November 23 through Saturday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday

On the Back Roads Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Richmond Times-Dispatch senior photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann are back with more award-winning photographs and good-humored commentary about memorable characters, charming places, and the search for their next piece of pie in this follow-up to their successful book Back Roads: People, Places and Pie Around Virginia.The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk. A book signing follows their talk.

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016—Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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