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June 2012

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  FREE

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772–1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as a mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Randolph's name is familiar because of her famous father, Kierner is the first historian to place her at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways. Cynthia A. Kierner is professor of history at George Mason University. A book signing will follow the talk.


"Books on Broad" Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond: The Raven in the River City
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Chris Semtner, curator at the Poe Museum in Richmond, joins us to discuss his newest book. Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond: The Raven in the River City reveals how the mystery, madness and tragedy that Poe encountered during his time in Richmond helped shape his life and literature.

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Brother Goes to Law Against Brother: Researching Church History in the Chancery Causes
Friday, June 22, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Greg Crawford, Local Records program manager, will share examples of church lawsuits in the chancery causes. Rather than settle disputes among themselves, church members often looked to the local court for resolution. The narrative nature of chancery suits makes them a superb primary source for understanding the reasons church members took their disputes to court. The plaintiffs' complaints, the defendants' answers, depositions, and affidavits were generally given by persons associated with the church in some capacity (members, trustees, pastors); therefore, they provide first-person accounts regarding events that led to divisions within churches. Also found in church-related chancery suits are exhibits such as correspondence, church minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and copies of deeds that were used by litigants to support their arguments. These suits can be a tremendous resource for church historians, social historians, local historians, and African American historians.


Cultsha Xpo
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond,  Free admission

Cultsha Xpo is an annual event presented by CultureWorks to spotlight the Richmond region's non-profit arts and culture organizations. It is a gathering for Cultural Shareholders – persons who recognize and value strong arts and culture for great communities. The Cultsha Xpo is an explosion of art, history, science, and family fun for the Richmond Region under one roof on one day. The 2012 Xpo will be held June 23rd at the Science Museum of Virginia. Learn more by visiting www.richmondcultureworks.org.


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.