February 2012

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print Exhibition
Monday, December 05, 2011—Saturday, February 04, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print celebrates a time-honored graphic art tradition through the work of Nashville's Hatch Show Print, one of the nation's oldest and continuously printing shops. While Hatch's name is synonymous with the music business, its posters promoting football games, vaudeville shows, state fairs, stock car races, and picture shows reflect the breadth of American popular culture. Organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES), the exhibition includes 62 original posters (including authorized restrikes from vintage blocks and contemporary restrikes), 15 hand-carved wooden printing blocks, text panels and labels.

Connect with Us
Monday, November 07, 2011—Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

Connect with Us explores how the Library of Virginia uses social media—YouTube, Flickr, Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. New acquisitions and unusual items will be displayed and visitors will be encouraged to post comments about the materials or about other programs at the Library or what they are working on at the Library that day.

Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia

Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

In 1954 after the decision of the U. S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education was announced, Prince Edward County shut down its school system rather than comply with the Supreme Court's ruling. Hear author Jill Titus tell the story of the the seismic changes brought by the Court's decision and Virginia's move to resist desegregation. She illustrates the ways that ordinary people, black and white, battled, and continue to battle, over the role of public education in the United States. A book signing follows the talk.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Closed so that reading rooms can be open on George Washington's Birthday holiday Monday, February 20, 2012.

Friday, February 17, 2012—Monday, February 20, 2012

The Library will be closed Saturday, February 18, so that our reading rooms can be open on Washington Birthday Holiday (Monday, February 20) Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 20.

George Washington's Birthday holiday
Monday, February 20, 2012

Administrative offices closed for George Washington's Birthday holiday. Lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.

2012 African American Trailblazers: Program and Reception

2012 African American Trailblazers: Program and Reception
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby

Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804.692.3535 by February 17 to RSVP. 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 Dominion.

"Person of the Year: 1862"
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Museum of the Confederacy's 2012 Symposium. Admission Fee: $35 for Museum of the Confederacy members and Library donors, $50 for nonmembers (includes boxed lunch).

What person or group most influenced events in 1862? This question will be the charge given to the speakers—and to the audience—at the Museum of the Confederacy's 2012 symposium to be held at the Library of Virginia. Presented by the museum and cosponsored by the Library, the program will pick up where the very successful 2011 edition left off. A panel of distinguished Civil War scholars including Gary Gallagher, James McPherson, Robert Krick, and Jack Mountcastle will nominate candidates for "Person of the Year: 1862" in their lectures and the audience will get to vote on the winner at the all-day event. To register online, go to http://www.moc.org/site/Calendar/1633763505?view=Detail&id=104005. For information only, contact John Coski at 804-649-1861 ext. 31 or jcoski@moc.org.

"Books on Broad" featuring Mollie Cox Bryan
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Virginia author Mollie Cox Bryan, best known for her Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant cookbooks, will discuss and read a selection from her debut novel, Scrapbook of Secrets, the story of an investigative scrapbooker in Cumberland County, Virginia. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).

Lost & Found
Monday, February 27, 2012—Saturday, August 25, 2012
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

What do you collect and value? Lost and Found examines the constantly changing fabric of our world. Things disappear from our cultural landscape, sometimes almost without notice—signs, buildings, even towns—and others go into attics, basements, and landfills. Some are saved and carefully stored and preserved; others intentionally destroyed, sometimes dramatically. Explore the spectacular destruction of archives by chance and nature, the intentional destruction of personal papers, the careful preservation of family treasures, and the assemblage of materials in a bank safe deposit.

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011—Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.

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