March 2012

Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Thirty-five spellers from throughout central Virginia will compete for the chance to represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The students are the top spellers from 32 county and city school systems, plus the home, Catholic, and private school divisions.

Book Talk at the Library of Virginia The Richmond Theater Fire

Book Talk at the Library of Virginia The Richmond Theater Fire
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM, Free parking accessible from 8th and 9th streets

The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America's First Great Disaster is the award-winning account of a devastating Virginia fire in 1811. The Richmond Theater fire was the deadliest urban disaster in the early years of the United States. It stunned the nation and became an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation in the early republic. After six years of researching unpublished records, diaries, and letters, author Meredith Henne Baker has written the first full-length book about the fire and its impact on life in the nineteenth century. This story of transformation comes alive through the accounts of the slaves, debutantes, ministers, and statesmen who were the fire's victims and survivors. A book signing will follow the talk.

Historic Richmond Foundation will offer special tours of Monumental Church—site of the fire—before and after the book talk, at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Reservations are required for tours and space is limited. No reservations needed for the book talk at noon. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and attendees should park under the library building and meet in the main lobby of the Library. The tours will explore the historic structure of Monumental Church as well as the crypt below where the victims of the theater fire are buried. To reserve your space for the tour call 804-692-3999.

More information on the book and author Meredith Henne Baker available at

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Lost & Found Exhibition Event
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

PechaKucha: 20 Images x 20 Seconds on "Found Things"

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat," PechaKucha is a presentation methodology based on a simple idea: 20 images discussed for 20 seconds (or less) each—a format that keeps things moving at a rapid pace. Devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for designers to network and show their work in public, PechaKucha has gone global, with events happening in cities around the world. Lost & Found exhibition team members will participate in this phenomenon by sharing their own personal collections. Come see what it's all about!

2012 Virginia Women in History Program and Reception
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Lobby, Free, but reservations required. Seating is limited. Please call 804-692-3535 by March 23 to RSVP.

Join the Library of Virginia as it recognizes eight outstanding Virginia women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. A reception follows the program.

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society presents The 2012 Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography: The Chesapeake Bay
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, Lectures begin at 1:00 PM

Join fellow map enthusiasts for a day-long event featuring lectures by environmental historian Dr. Kent Mountford and environmental scientist Dr. Court Stevenson. Utilizing historic maps as well as modern cartographic techniques, these lectures will examine how four centuries of weather, fishing, mining and traveling have changed the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay. The event will also feature behind-the-scenes tours of the Library of Virginia, guided tours of the Library's Special Collections, and a special one-day exhibition of historic maps on loan from the Mariner's Museum Library in Newport News.

This event is free and open to the public. The map exhibition is open 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and the lectures begin at 1:00 PM. Boxed lunches will be available for separate purchase at noon. To register, or for more detailed information, please call 804-692-3813 or visit

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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