March 2018

WORKSHOP
Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library's Collections

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room, $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Registration required: https://sparks2018.eventbrite.com

Looking for a unique way to ignite your creative spirit this March? Find sparks for compelling stories, poems, songs, drawings, and other creative arts by experiencing the True Sons of Freedom exhibition. This photographic exhibition features questionnaires and nearly life-size reproductions of photographs of African American soldiers from Virginia who served in World War I. Explore wartime correspondence, stereographs, and posters, as well as curious artifacts from collections not related to war, such as unclaimed property from safety deposit boxes. In this workshop led by poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat, you'll see original artifacts up close, learn how to find and access digitized records, discuss guidelines for ethical use of sources, and kindle your imagination—all in the company of creatives like you. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet if you'd like (not required). Both emerging and experienced writers and artists are welcome. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. This is the second in a series of three stand-alone workshops, with one more to come in May. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, March 14, 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).


VIRGINIA'S CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1867–1868
Constructing a New Virginia: The Revolutionary Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Much of what we think we know about the Reconstruction era is a product of mythologies promoted by Southern elites who sabotaged African American voting and citizenship rights and built the Jim Crow system enshrined in the 1902 state constitution. Examining the period and its events with eyes unencumbered by these old myths, we see a dynamic, revolutionary movement that made Virginia, for a time, more democratic and forward thinking. The 1867–1868 constitution improved life for all Virginians, creating, for example, the first comprehensive system of public education in the commonwealth's history. Independent scholar and author Brent Tarter presents this lecture. Cosponsored by Virginia's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and the Capitol Square Preservation Council.


WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2018 Virginia Women in History Program & Reception

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby, Free

Join the Library of Virginia as it recognizes eight outstanding Virginia women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. This event includes remarks by author Meg Medina and winning student essay contest entries read by their authors. A reception precedes the program (5:30–6:15 PM). For more information, call 804.692.3999.


STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE CONFERENCE
An Introduction to Using the Collections at the Library of Virginia

Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $50 ($35 for Friends of the Virginia State Archives members)

For registration or other information, contact: straight.to.the.source@gmail.com or Anne Brown at 804.741.0136 or annetaylorb@aol.com. In cooperation with the Library of Virginia, the Friends of the Virginia State Archives present their annual Spring Conference featuring presentations by the professional Library staff about the collections there. The cost includes a box lunch. Pre-registration is required by March 19, 2018.


WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EVENT
A Life in the Blues: A Musical Conversation with Gaye Adegbalola

Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby, Free

Join us for a musical evening with 2018 Virginia Women in History honoree Gaye Adegbalola, who is best-known for her long career singing, writing, and performing the blues—one of the great American musical traditions. Her original compositions connect the tradition to contemporary social issues including civil rights, women's issues, and LGBTQ equality. Adegbalola will give a brief performance followed by a conversation with Dr. Gregg D. Kimball (the Library's director of Public Services and Outreach) that touches on her life, activism, and music. This program is partially funded by the Library's Virginia Professional and Business Women's Fund. A reception follow the talk.


MAP WORKSHOP<br>John Smith's Map of Virginia & Its Many Derivatives

MAP WORKSHOP
John Smith's Map of Virginia & Its Many Derivatives

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
Place: Conference Rooms, $20 ($15 for Semper Virginia Society members, FREE for Fry-Jefferson Map Society members)

Preregistration required: https://goo.gl/EYvEAd

Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, this workshop will review the 12 known states of John Smith's Map of Virginia and its 9 derivatives. Cassandra Britt Farrell, the Library's senior map archivist, will discuss how researchers can identify bibliographic changes and other unique features, with emphasis on maps in the Library's collection. For more information about the event or membership, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@.lva.virignia.gov.


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.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, March 31, 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).


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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