February 2018

EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Saturday, February 03, 2018
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center

Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

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).


BOOK LAUNCH BY MARGARET EDDS<br>We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

BOOK LAUNCH BY MARGARET EDDS
We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

Thursday, February 08, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join author and retired journalist Margaret Edds for the launch of her latest book, We Face the Dawn, which offers the first comprehensive account of the South's most significant grassroots legal team and how it successfully challenged racial separation in the 1940s and 1950s. Virginians Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson initiated and argued one of the five cases that combined into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, but their influence extends far beyond that single case. They were part of a small brotherhood that conceived and executed the NAACP's assault on racial separation in education, transportation, housing, and voting. We Face the Dawn broadens our awareness of lesser-known figures who played pivotal roles in the civil rights movement. At a time when numerous schools have resegregated and the prospects of many minority children appear bleak, Hill and Robinson's remarkably effective campaign against various forms of racial segregation can inspire a new generation to embrace educational opportunity as the birthright of every American child.

Reception: 5:30–6:00 PM. Author talk: 6:00–7:00 PM. Book signing 7:00–7:15 PM.


Closed
Saturday, February 17, 2018—Monday, February 19, 2018

Closed for George Washington's Birthday holiday


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center

Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

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).


AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM'S 2018 SYMPOSIUM
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, $65 ($40 for American Civil War Museum and Library of Virginia members/donors, $20 for students)

Cosponsored with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia and hosted by the Library of Virginia, the American Civil War Museum's 2018 symposium will explore the impact of the Civil War on diverse groups of people and narrate the stories of individuals who navigated the challenges and opportunities of war. Speakers are Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr., Dr. Jane Schultz, and Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor. Questions? Contact John Coski at jcoski@acwm.org. Includes a boxed lunch if registration is submitted before February 21. Register on the website of the American Civil War Museum (https://acwm.org).


EXHIBITION
2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

Thursday, February 01, 2018—Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. Through education and advocacy, they demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned for better lives for themselves and their people. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.


EXHIBITION
2018 Virginia Women in History

Thursday, March 01, 2018—Saturday, March 31, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia celebrates the lives and contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Virginia Women in History. The honorees have developed new approaches to old problems, served their communities, striven for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes that continue to affect our lives today. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.


EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018—Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.



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