August 2016

ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE: First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom & Its Legacy
Monday, August 01, 2016—Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Place: Conference Rooms, Free, register at

Teachers, join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's two-day Brown Teacher Institute focusing on the history of religious freedom in Virginia and its modern-day 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's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom. Free to attendees, with continuing education credits offered. For more information or to register, go to:

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM–2:30 PM
Place: Network Conference Room and Conference Rooms, Free, but registration required.

For the two-year anniversary of the Transcribe project, we will offer 100 volunteer spots and expanded programming. You can get a lesson on how to read old handwriting, get the inside scoop on Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative, or take a tour of the second floor. From 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM, we will be transcribing with intermittent presentations. We want to thank our hearty volunteers, recruit some new ones, and envision next steps in this public collaboration.Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Box lunch and birthday cake will be served to volunteers. Registration through HandsOn Richmond required:

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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