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February 2011

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Friday, February 04, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us for talk by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, her moving masterwork chronicling the decades-long migration of black people from the South to the northern and western cities of the United States. From 1915 until 1970 almost six million black people fled the South looking for a better life. Wilkerson uses the lives of three unique individuals to tell this story. She interviewed more than a thousand people and researched official records to write this dramatic account of how these journeys changed people and America.


Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Scanning Event
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia are partnering to identify and locate original manuscript material concerning the Civil War. These materials may include letters, photographs, diaries, maps, and other Civil War–era materials. Library staff members will scan privately held manuscript material for inclusion on the Web sites of both the Library and the commission. Items to be scanned should document the Civil War and the Civil-War era and must be owned by the individual presenting the materials for digitization. Materials that are photocopied and/or subject to United States copyright law may not be submitted for digitization. For more information, contact the project's regional coordinators at cw150legacy@lva.virginia.gov. To make an appointment please contact Renee Savits at (804) 692-3629 or renee.savits@lva.virginia.gov

UPDATE- The CW 150 Legacy Project scanning event at the Library of Virginia has had such an overwhelming response that unfortunately all appointments are booked for the day. Events are being held in the surrounding counties and we encourage you to contact them to schedule an appointment.

February 19, 2011     
Dinwiddie County, old historic Dinwiddie County Court House, 9:00-3:00 Call (804) 265-1232

February 26, 2011
Hanover County, Pamunkey Regional Library, Mechanicsville branch, 10:00-6:00 Call (804) 559-7745

April 23, 2011
Chesterfield County, Chesterfield County Public Library, Central branch 10:30-4:00 Call (804) 717-6381 
 

June 18, 2011
Richmond, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 10:00-5:00 Call (804) 780-1865 


Bowden the Traitor: A Unionist Family in Confederate Williamsburg
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM

During the secession crisis most Virginians were loyal Unionists, capitulating only when President Lincoln called for state militia volunteers to suppress the insurrection in the Deep South. Some remained Unionists even after Virginia seceded. Among these were members of the Bowden family, whose opposition to disunion resulted in great personal sacrifice and placed them on an unlikely path of political activism that stretched from the Civil War to the end of the 19th century. Don Gunter will discuss how their decision affected the Bowden family.


Closed

Closed
Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Library will be closed on Saturday, February 19, so that our reading rooms can be open on George Washington Day (Monday, February 21). On February 21, the reading rooms, lobby, and stacks will have staff available. The main administrative office will have limited coverage; but otherwise Library staff offices will be closed.


2011 African American Trailblazers: Program and Reception
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby

Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804-692-3900 by February 18 to RSVP. Program begins promptly at 6:00 PM. Eight honorees—from the past and present—who have had a significant impact on the history of Virginia will be honored at this celebration. A reception follows the program. Sponsored by Capital One. The media sponsor of the 2011 African American Trailblazers in Virginia History is the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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"Person of the Year" for 1861?
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Fee, the symposium costs $35 for museum members and Library donors and $50 for others (including a box lunch). Reservations and pre-payment are required.

This question will be the charge given to the speakers—and to the audience—at the Museum of the Confederacy’s 2011 symposium to be held at the Library of Virginia. Presented by the museum and cosponsored by the Library, the program is the first of an anticipated series of annual symposia that will offer an innovative perspective on the Civil War during the sesquicentennial years, 2011–2015. The 2011 symposium speakers—historians Ed Bearss; William C. “Jack” Davis; Dr. Lauranett Lee; Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr.; and Chris Kolakowski—will “nominate” candidates and their lectures will make their cases for their nominees. Following a concluding panel discussion, the audience will vote to decide the Person of the Year for 1861.


Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases


Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.


The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219


An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.