August 2015

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Protecting, Extending, and Ensuring the Franchise
Monday, August 03, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free. RSVP to

The Virginia Historical Society's Lauranett Lee moderates a panel discussion with distinguished guests to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The discussion will include recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and congressional response. This event is cosponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission.The forum is free; however, space is limited. Persons desiring to attend should RSVP to For additional information, please contact Brenda H. Edwards, Division of Legislative Services, or (804) 786-3591, ext. 232.

Sixth Annual Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute: The Reconstruction Amendments and Their Legacy
Monday, August 03, 2015—Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and conference rooms, Free for teachers. To register:

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers for a two-day institute focusing on emancipation and the Reconstruction era, with special emphasis on the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their legacy. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, learn about new digital resources available, and explore the Library of Virginia's newest exhibition, Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation, opening July 6, 2015. Thanks to the generous support of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, registration is now open to 70 teachers.

Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Saturday, August 08, 2015
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 genealogy research. No experience necessary.

Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to

Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Monday, July 06, 2015—Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.

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