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April 2011

2011 Voorhees Cartography Lecture
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

The 2011 Voorhees Lecture features two speakers. Richard W. Stephenson, retired Library of Congress specialist in American cartographic history, will discuss "Jed Hotchkiss and Albert Campbell: The Army of Northern Virginia's Preeminent Mapmakers." Cassandra Farrell, Library of Virginia map specialist and senior research archivist, will speak on "Highlights from the Library of Virginia's American Civil War Map Collection." There will be a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. The exhibition will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the lectures will begin at 1:00 PM. The event is free and box lunches will be available for purchase at noon. To register, please call (804) 692-3813 or click here


Display of the Ordinance of Secession
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Library Lobby

The Library of Virginia houses a unique and important document related to Virginia’s Civil War history–the Ordinance of Secession. Because of its age and fragile condition, this rare piece of Virginia history is rarely on public display.


A Commonwealth in Crisis: The Virginia Secession Debates
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Place: Live broadcast on WCVE Richmond PBS

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Virginia's secession from the United States, William W. Freehling, historian and author, will discuss the debates and the significance of the Virginia Convention of 1861. The event will include a reenactment of speeches made as Virginia’s leaders wrestled with the question of whether secession was wise, legal, necessary, or in Virginia’s interest. This program is being filmed for live broadcast on WCVE Richmond PBS. Sponsored by the Community Idea Stations.


A Look Inside the Civil War 150 Legacy Project
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Laura Drake Davis and Renee Savits, archivists for the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, will discuss this exciting partnership between the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia to locate and scan privately held original manuscript material concerning the Civil War.


Celebration of Preservation Week 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

In recognition of Preservation Week, on Wednesday, April 27th, the Library of Virginia is offering a special event highlighting the Library’s ongoing commitment to preserving Virginia’s history for future generations through its professional conservation programs. Join us for a few minutes to see preservation demonstrations showing proper document repair techniques, examples of conserved materials from around the Library, and also for tours of our in-house conservation lab at 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM. All events and parking are free and open to the public. Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.

Youtube Video Montgomery County Cohabitation Register: Conservation at the Library of Virginia


Poetic Principles Featuring Poet Kate Daniels

Poetic Principles Featuring Poet Kate Daniels
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Kate Daniels, a Richmond-born poet and graduate of the University of Virginia, will read from her work, answer questions, and sign books as Poetic Principles takes up its new home at the Library of Virginia. An associate professor of English at Vanderbilt, Daniels was recently named the winner of the 2011 Hanes Award for Poetry by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for her work to date. She is the author of A Walk in Victoria's Secret (2010), Four Testimonies (1998), The Niobe Poems (1988), and The White Wave (1984). Originally a program co-sponsored by New Virginia Review and the VMFA, which was the host of the events, the reading series will now take place at the Library, which has replaced the VMFA as co-sponsor and as host.


Researching Your Civil War Ancestor
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

William B. Bynum, reference archivist at the Library of Virginia, will discuss sources and strategies for finding information on Civil War soldiers in the collections of the Library of Virginia, including federal records, private papers, and publications, both printed and electronic.


"Books on Broad" Featuring David A. Taylor: Soul of a People
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop

David A. Taylor, whose articles have appeared in Smithsonian and The Washington Post, will join us to discuss his book Soul of a People: The WPA Writer’s Project Uncovers Depression America, a 2010 Virginia Literary Awards Finalist. His work was made into a documentary by the Smithsonian Channel, a segment of which will be shown during Books on Broad. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served from 5:30-6:15, followed by author talk and documentary from 6:15-7:15, and book signing from 7:15-7:30.


Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases


Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.


The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219


An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.