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July 2014

And Now What? The Conundrum of Achieving Racial Equality in America After the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to bedwards@dls.virginia.gov

Join us for a panel discussion on where we were before passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, where we are now in the post–civil rights era, and what we as a people need to do to avoid deep racial, ethnic, and cultural divisions. The panel will be composed of the Honorable William Ferguson Reid, the first African American elected to the Virginia House of Delegates after Reconstruction; Elaine R. Jones, Esq., former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Dr. John T. Kneebone, associate professor and history department chair at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Henry Chambers, Esq., professor of law at the University of Richmond Law School. Dr. Lauranett Lee, curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society, will serve as moderator.

Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War

Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Elizabeth R. Varon, Langhorne Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will discuss and sign her thought-provoking examination of the substantive and symbolic meanings of the surrender at Appomattox. Varon dispels many of the simplistic myths surrounding the surrender and explains the ongoing struggle that persisted in the newly united nation.

"BOOKS ON BROAD" FEATURING MARC LEEPSON | What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life is a full-length biography of Key, the first in more than 85 years. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Rewarding Virginia's Warriors: Commemorating 70 Years of the GI Bill
Monday, June 16, 2014—Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Reading Rooms, Second Floor

The GI Bill turns 70 this year. Prior to this groundbreaking legislation being signed into law in June 1944 by President Franklin Roosevelt, postwar benefits for veterans were skimpy and spotty at best. This display of pre-World War II portions of the Library's military collection highlights Revolutionary War land bounties, petitions for pensions, and post-Civil War applications for prosthetics. Artifacts from Hanger, Inc, a prosthetic company founded by Virginian James Hanger after the Civil War will also be on display.

Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference
Monday, June 02, 2014—Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Voorhees Map Reading Room, Second Floor

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) presents Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, a multimedia exhibition of nine maps created using geographic information systems to display a unique history of the Richmond metro area. In this iteration of the traveling exhibit, maps from the Library of Virginia's holdings will be presented alongside the maps created by HOME's director of research, Brian Koziol. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children.

Flora of Virginia

Flora of Virginia
Monday, March 17, 2014—Saturday, September 13, 2014
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Discover the power of the flower. Delve into Virginia's natural environment through Flora of Virginia, an exhibition featuring hundreds of colorful illustrations from the Library of Virginia's collections. Learn fun facts about Virginia's native plants. Examine the history of botanical description and illustration. Explore the personalities behind the folks who collected and described these plants. Try your hand at sketching a specimen at the drawing station. Check our Web calendar for information about exhibition-related events.