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April 2015

Café Closed for the day
Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Discovery Café will be closed on Saturday April 4, 2015


Digital Scholarship: Re-creating Richmond's Slave District
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab staff present an overview of a recent project to develop a 3D map overview of Richmond and its antebellum slave district. This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.


Living in the Aftermath of Slavery & Apartheid: Reflections from the US and South Africa
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM–9:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

The program features Dr. Edward Ayers, American history scholar and president of the University of Richmond; the Very Rev. Michael Weeder, dean of St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, and public historian of South African slavery; and Bonita Bennett, director of Cape Town's District Six Museum, which documents the story of forced removal of residents under apartheid. This is one of three forums that are free and open to the public at the “Healing History: Memory, Legacy, and Social Change” conference taking place in Richmond, April 6–9 (http://us.iofc.org/HH2015). Please register for this event at http://conta.cc/1DqWUL0. “Healing History: Memory, Legacy, and Social Change,” is hosted by Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities and its local and national partners. The conference seeks to build trust and constructive partnerships across lines of race, class, politics, and religion. It will make explicit the link between change in individuals' attitudes and behaviors and change in the structures of society.


Poetic Principals featuring Dexter Booth
Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost, which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Major Jackson), and was a finalist for the 2014 New Mexico–Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 Leimert Park Book Fair's Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. His poems appear in Blackbird, the Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and was a finalist for the 2014 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Arizona State University, and he is currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.


VOORHEES LECTURE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY Mapping Slavery and Emancipation
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Conference Rooms

Hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, the 12th annual Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will feature Susan Schulten, history professor and map scholar at the University of Denver. Two lectures—one on the mapping of slavery and the second on the emancipation of the enslaved at the end of the Civil War—complement the Library of Virginia's current and upcoming exhibitions, To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade and Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation. This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks. Experts from Old World Auctions, specialists in antique maps from the 15th through the 19th century, will provide free map evaluations, including information on authenticity, an estimate of value, and an assessment of the condition of the map. Old World Auctions will provide verbal evaluations, not written appraisals. Due to limited time, each participant is limited to one map for evaluation. For more information, please call 804.692.3561.


Exhibition: Spoils of War, Symbols of Reunion
Wednesday, April 01, 2015—Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Library of Virginia will exhibit a selection of rare archival materials that Union soldiers plundered from the State Capitol's archives during the chaotic days following the fall of Richmond to federal forces. These "liberated" artifacts continue to trickle back to the commonwealth, and include such iconic documents as the Ordinance of Secession and the last volume of the Journals of the House of Burgesses. Collecting “spoils of war” is a time-honored tradition of victorious armies, but the collecting of books, state papers, and other manuscripts by Union soldiers was not always simple souvenir hunting. The soldier who removed Virginia's Ordinance of Secession from the Capitol certainly understood its symbolic meaning as a rending of the federal Union—a Union that Yankee soldiers had fought four bloody years to reunite. These artifacts connect strongly to the records and artifacts of the slave trade found in the Library's continuing exhibition, To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade—pieces taken by soldiers and civilian relief workers that symbolized for many Northerners the causes of the war. To view other programs and exhibitions related to Richmond's Journey from the end of slavery and Civil War to today visit http://www.nps.gov/rich/150th1865.htm.


Online Genealogy Resources
Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon

While not everything is available online, you can still get a start on your genealogy research by using the internet. Join Library of Virginia Archivists to explore the online world of genealogy research. Your experience will be enhanced if you have already signed up for a Library of Virginia card, which you can do at the Library circulation desk the morning before the class.

Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/LoVGenWrkshp.


The Library of Virginia's African American Database Project
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Library archivist Greg Crawford provides an update on the massive effort to collect the names and stories of enslaved Virginians from the Library's archives. This program complements To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.(Presented as part of Preservation Week)


To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Monday, October 27, 2014—Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall,  Free

This groundbreaking exhibition explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two thirds of a million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition is not merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.