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April 2012

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Discover the epic naval story of the war that threatened to undo our nation in 1812. The book, written by Mark Collins Jenkins and David Taylor, features photographs, period illustrations, historic documents, maps, letters, ephemera, and artifacts, including fascinating finds from the navy's most recent underwater excavation of the war's lost ships. The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy is a sweeping panorama of a defining moment in U.S. history and a must-read for maritime aficionados and general history buffs alike. David Taylor will speak and be available for book signings following his talk.

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"Books on Broad" featuring Jessie Knadler
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Join us when we host Virginia author Jessie Knadler to discuss and sign her book, Rurally Screwed, a humorous book about two opposites making a rustic life together in Rockbridge County, VA. Refreshments will be served (5:30 - 6:15 pm), followed by author talk (6:15 - 7:15 pm), and book signing (7:15 - 7:30 pm).


The Rains: Voices of Liberty

The Rains: Voices of Liberty
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM–10:30 AM
Place: Orientation Room, Free

Dr. Sulayman Clark, a university administrator and fund raising consultant, will speak about his book, The Rains: Voices of Liberty, a work of historical fiction featuring many characters based on real life “free persons of color” who worked in favor of abolition in antebellum Philadelphia. Come learn more about this fascinating book and ever-changing lives of those whose struggles and triumphs transformed the lives of African Americans. This event is part of the third annual Civil War & Emancipation Day commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of slavery.


Civil War and Emancipation Day
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby, Free

Civil War & Emancipation Day is a signature event of The Future of Richmond's Past, a collaborative effort among leaders of Richmond's historical societies, museums, commissions, cultural and tourism organizations, and educational institutions to frame the sesquicentennial years in which our city and the nation commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation. Throughout the day, the Library of Virginia will present a display highlighting examples of historical records such cohabitation registers, registers of free negroes, census returns of black populations that are of particular interest to African Americans researching their family tree. A handout of African American Family History Resources before 1870 will be available. Go to www.civilwar.emancipationday.net or call (804) 788-6479 for more information on this day-long, city-wide event.


Beth Barnard Nickels, A Very Surprising Virginia Architect
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Researcher Erin J. Myers will present a lunch-time lecture to mark the unveiling of the Beth Barnard Nickels Architectural Collection. This collection contains countless architectural plans and drawings from Richmond City and the surrounding counties from the 1940s through the 1960s. Accompanying the plans are years of personal and professional correspondence which capture the spirit of the mid-twentieth century building industry. The lecture will celebrate the architect's remarkable life story, her prolific career in the architectural field, and her contribution to the history of Virginia.


Presumption of Guilt Book Talk CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at the law school, will speak about his book examining the very public arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates in July 2009. Ogletree reviews the sequence of events, then examines the incident in the wider context of issues of race and justice, exploring why the arrest escalated into a national story and what still needs to be addressed on matters such as racial profiling. This book talk and signing is cosponsored by Top Ladies of Richmond and the Library of Virginia Foundation.


Lost & Found Adventure: A Challenge of Historic Proportions! RESCHEDULED
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–2:00 PM, Rescheduled for Saturday, June 9!

The Library of Virginia and its environs are the setting for an adventure that pits your wits against a devious series of cunning clues, crafty codes, and ingenious puzzles. Based on the Library's newest exhibition, Lost and Found, teams of up to six embark on a quest that has been described as a combination of Amazing Race and National Treasure. Put on your sneakers, thinking caps, and imaginative team uniforms and get lost, if only for a couple of hours, in the colorful culture of Richmond's past. Check in from 9:00-9:45 AM. Race begins promptly at 10:00 AM, rain or shine, and concludes by 2:00 PM. Post-race celebration begins at 11 AM with lunch provided.


Dining with the Washingtons

Dining with the Washingtons
Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts, Registration Fee: $59.00

What could Dining with the Washingtons have been like? Have you ever wondered how the first First Family wined and dined? Join renowned Culinary Historian, Nancy Carter Crump for a discussion of her acclaimed book on this very topic. Learn what formal and everyday dining was like at Mount Vernon while tasting the delectable foods served at George & Martha's table.

Menu: Oyster Soup, Collard Pork, Ragoo of Onions, Corn Fritters, Baked Bread Pudding and Beer, Wine, and Lemonade.

Register with University of Richmond Center for Culinary Arts
9722 Gayton Road
Henrico, VA 23238
804.422.COOK


Library of Virginia Preservation Day Event
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: Noon–12:45 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

In 2011, the Library of Virginia was awarded a Saving America's Treasures grant to restore the Executive Papers of Governor Thomas Jefferson, 1779-1781. Please join us for a screening of a film that describes Jefferson's collection and shows the process used to conserve and restore the original manuscripts. Senior paper conservator Leslie Courtois of Etherington Conservation/HF group will provide some background on the process and describe her work. State Records appraisal archivist Craig Moore and State Records program manager Paige Neal will be on hand as well to answer questions about the collection and display some of the original Jefferson documents. This event is open to the public and free of charge.


Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair: Display of Conservation Work
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon
Place: Lobby, Free

See materials conserved through the Adopt Virginia's History program. With the assistance of donors (individuals, businesses and interested groups) to the Library of Virginia Foundation's Adopt Virginia's History program, the Library has been able to conserve many unique and interesting items. Prints and Photographs Collection coordinator Dale L. Neighbors, senior rare book librarian Audrey C. Johnson, and senior paper conservator Leslie Courtois of Etherington Conservation/HF Group will be on hand to show materials and answer questions. This event is open to the public and free of charge.


The Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair

The Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Free

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association are presenting the first Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair featuring over two dozen booksellers from around the region offering a broad range of titles, everything from rare collectibles to mainstream fiction.


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.