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April 2013

A Virginia Story: A Discussion with Earl Hamner Jr. moderated by Lisa LaFata Powell
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Join the Library of Virginia as we celebrate the gift of the private papers and manuscript collection of Earl Hamner Jr. The personal story of Earl Hamner and his family and the hundreds of stories he has created over the years have touched millions of people around the world. Representing the best of Virginia and the history of Virginia, his work makes this a truly significant collection. The Hamner collection includes original manuscripts for the entire runs of the television series The Waltons and Falcon Crest, original manuscripts for several television pilots, and more than 60 years of his original correspondence, as well as short stories, poems, and photographs. Lisa LaFata Powell will moderate a discussion with Hamner about his work, his life, and his love of Virginia. Special items from his collection will be on display during the event.


State Record Center Reading Room Late Opening
Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Due to a Library of Virginia all-staff meeting, the State Records Center Reading Room will open at 9:30 on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.


"Books on Broad" featuring Robert Goolrick
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

The End of the World As We Know It
This exquisitely-written memoir of a Virginia childhood—a book that Lee Smith called brave and haunting—tells the personal story of the author who brought us A Reliable Wife and Heading Out to Wonderful. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.


Straight from the Vine: The History of Wine in Virginia
Friday, April 05, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–8:00 PM

Experimenting with wine for hundreds of years, Virginia has been named as one of the world's up-and-coming wine regions. Virginia vineyards continue to receive national and international accolades for their fine wines and grapes. Join the Library of Virginia as we explore the rich history of winemaking in Virginia. A special exhibition from our archives will trace the struggles, failures, and successes of wine production in the region. Wine guru Richard Leahy, author of Beyond Jefferson's Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia, will talk on the history of the Virginia industry, and share his knowledge of the characteristics that make Virginia wine unique. The evening reception will feature tastings provided from Jefferson Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, James River Cellars, Democracy Vineyards, Ingleside Vineyards, and Horton Vineyards. Schedule of Events: 5:30 PM Exhibition Opens, Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception; 6:15 PM Featured Presentation; 7:00–8:00 PM Tastings and Reception.


Walking Tours of the 1863 Richmond Bread Riot
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Place: Library of Virginia,  Free

Gregg Kimball, director of Public Services and Outreach, will collaborate with the National Park Service's Richmond National Battlefield Park on walking tours starting at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM of the 1863 Bread Riot in Richmond, where thousands of local women stormed area stores in protest of the lack of food and supplies. This event is part of Civil War & Emancipation Day. More than 25 sites are offering tours and programs. For more information, visit http://civilwar.emancipationday.net.


Civil War 150 Legacy Project Scanning Event
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia are partnering to identify and locate original manuscript material concerning the Civil War. These materials may include letters, photographs, diaries, maps, and other Civil War–era materials. Library staff members will scan privately held manuscript material for inclusion on the websites of both the Library and the commission. Items to be scanned should document the Civil War or the Civil-War era and must be owned by the individual presenting the materials for digitization. Materials that are photocopied and/or subject to United States copyright law may not be submitted for digitization. For more information, contact the project's regional coordinators at cw150legacy@lva.virginia.gov. To make an appointment, please contact Renee Savits at 804-692-3629 or renee.savits@lva.virginia.gov. This event is part of the annual Civil War & Emancipation Day commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of slavery.


Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked

Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Author Mary Theobald will uncover the truth behind many of the myths and misconceptions that abound in America's classrooms and museums. A book signing will follow her talk.


Poster Child: The Life of Kemba Smith

Poster Child: The Life of Kemba Smith
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

In 1994 Hampton University student and Richmond native Kemba Smith began serving a 24-year sentence as a result of a turbulent four-year relationship with a major figure in the crack cocaine trade. Her crime: attempting to “fit in” with the wrong crowd. After serving six and a half years she was granted clemency by President Clinton in 2000. Since then, she has used her life story to crusade against the rise of lengthy sentences for first time nonviolent drug offenders. Smith offers an inspirational and cautionary tale of perseverance and courage in her quest to teach all Americans that there are consequences to their life choices. A book signing will follow. This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Thanks to our programming sponsors: Style Weekly (media) and Middleburg Trust Company (education).


Researching African American Records in the Library of Virginia and Bedford County Courthouse
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library, 201 E. Main St., Bedford 540-586-4520, bmgl@bedfordvamuseum.org,  Free

Greg Crawford, local records archivist at the Library of Virginia, and Karen Glover, deputy clerk of the Bedford Circuit Court, will discuss the free Negro and slave records that are located at the Library of Virginia and the Bedford County Courthouse.


2013 Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free, but reservations required. Visit www.lva.virginia.gov/maps or call 804.692.3813

The 2013 Voorhees Lecture will focus on the life and times of Matthew Fontaine Maury and will include two lectures separated by a short intermission. "The Puzzling Portrait of Matthew Fontaine Maury" will be given by Scott Walker and "Highlights from the Matthew Fontaine Maury Collection" will be presented by Cassandra Farrell. A special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talk will be displayed from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Library will be available and box lunches will be available at noon if preordered.


You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012—Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.