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August 2013

"Books on Broad" featuring Ellen Crosby
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us in celebration for the launch of Ellen Crosby's newest mystery series featuring sleuth Sophie Medina. Crosby is best-known for her Virginia wine country mysteries and is a perennial favorite of the Library of Virginia. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.


Exploring Disunion: History, Memory, and Virginia's Civil War Legacy

Exploring Disunion: History, Memory, and Virginia's Civil War Legacy
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Join us for a panel discussion based on the New York Times: Disunion, a collection of essays, biographies, and original articles on the American Civil War. Panelists include Dr. Edward Ayers, president, University of Richmond; Clay Risen, editor, New York Times Disunion blog; Lauranett Lee, curator of African American history, Virginia Historical Society; Robert H. Moore II, editor, Cenantua's Blog; and Ed Sanders, head of interpretation, Richmond National Battlefield Park. The panel will explore how we remember the war; its meaning for Virginia; and its effects on civilians, women, merchants, and enslaved and free blacks. This program is presented by the Library of Virginia in partnership with the Future of Richmond's Past. For more information, call 804-371-2126.


Closed
Saturday, August 31, 2013—Monday, September 02, 2013

The Library will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday weekend.


Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia

Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Night photography compels viewers to look at the world from a slightly different perspective. Dark Side: Night Photography In Virginia introduces us to the unique world of darkness and shadows. The exhibition surveys the many ways in which professional and amateur photographers have used their cameras over the past century to create compelling nocturnal images of the commonwealth. While it examines the materials and historic processes that made night photography possible, Dark Side, also introduces several contemporary Virginia photographers who are currently using it as an artistic medium.


The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.