April 2016

Countdown to an Opening: A Forum with Dr. John Franklin
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free and open to the public but registration is required. http://us.iofc.org/forum-series

Free and open to the public but registration is required. http://us.iofc.org/forum-series Dr. John W. Franklin, director of Partnerships and International Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, will explore the role of museums in addressing healing, history, and culture. Also taking part in the program are Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia; William “Bill” Martin, director of the Valentine; and Dr. Christy Coleman, co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum. September 24, 2016, will see the historic opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The museum will be a place where everyone can explore the story of America through the lens of the African American experience. This forum provides the Richmond community the opportunity to learn more about the museum and discover how Richmond's story is part of the narrative.

Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Friday, April 08, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, Fee

Join Library of Virginia archivists as they help introduce you to the types of records that are held in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogy research. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/LoVGenWrkshp.

Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography: Virginia's District of Columbia
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Conference Rooms, Free

The 2016 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features guest speakers Don Hawkins on “An Unappreciated Gift” and Dennis Gurtz on “The Evolving District of Columbia,” along with an exhibition of Washington, D.C.–related maps from the Library's collections (11:00 AM–4:00 PM). The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts this free annual lecture series. The lectures begin at 1:00 PM, but you're welcome to arrive early for lunch (advance purchase required) and related events. Conservation Workshop: Minor Paper Repair with Leslie Courtois, the Library of Virginia's Conservator (10:00–11:00 AM). Cost: $15 (free for Fry-Jefferson Society Members). Advance registration required. Special Collections Presentation (11:15–11:45 AM). Visit the Special Collections Reading Room for a presentation of materials related to our nation's capital. Free. Lunches available for advance order/purchase. For workshop registration or more information, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804.692.3900 or e-mail Dana.Brown@lva.virginia.gov.

“Books on Broad” Featuring Debra A. McClane and Walter Smalling Jr. The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

For four centuries, the ideal of the gentleman's farm has inspired Virginians to create extraordinary homes on landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Often places of retreat, these houses display the virtues of the very best of American historic and classical architecture, incorporating harmonious proportion, elegant interiors, and thoughtful design in traditional styles. Each one in its way a model of taste and beauty, the 23 houses of The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living are an expression of an American ideal of domestic happiness, the very picture of home, which has served to influence the style of residential building across the country. This volume highlights the Virginia country home style that blends the very best of traditional, classical architecture and elegance. Houses depicted range from a centuries-old home of a former president to recently built residences. Join us for an exploration of the book with co-author Debra A. McClane, an architectural historian and preservationist and the author of Botetourt County, Virginia, Revisited and Walter Smalling Jr., an architectural photographer whose work has been featured in Architecture, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and many others. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016—Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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