August 2017

Prohibition & Other Progressive Era Reforms

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free, but registration required.

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Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916—more than three years before national Prohibition was enacted. For the next 18 years the state became a laboratory for a grand social experiment that ultimately left many Virginians with a serious hangover—and eventually led to repeal. Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's two-day Teacher Institute focusing on the history of Prohibition in the commonwealth, as well as other Progressive Era reforms, including industrialization, child labor, woman suffrage, and immigration. 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 current exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, on display through December 2, 2017.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Registration required:

Faith and Community: The Role of the African American Church in Richmond

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

The 150th anniversary of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of Richmond’s most historic congregations, is the inspiration for this discussion of the African American church’s role and impact—both historical and current—on Richmond’s culture. Moderator Samantha Willis, arts and entertainment editor for Richmond Magazine, will lead this conversation with community historian Elvatrice Belsches, Reverend Tyrone Nelson of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Dr. Andrew White, a senior minister with ties to Virginia Union University and the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. Cosponsored by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

BOOK TALK WITH ALYSON L. TAYLOR-WHITE<br>Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History

Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Author Alyson L. Taylor-White charts the history of the celebrated Shockoe Hill Cemetery and brings to life the stories of those buried there. Established in 1822, the cemetery is the final resting place for many famous and infamous icons of Richmond, including Chief Justice John Marshall, the longest-serving chief justice of the United States, and Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, who operated an extensive espionage ring during the Civil War. A book signing follows the program.


Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

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Help us celebrate the third year of our hugely successful volunteer transcription project in this expanded version of our scheduled Transcribe-a-thon–where volunteers transcribe handwritten pages by reading text and typing it into digital form, enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture ( Enjoy presentations on Library of Virginia collections–including Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative and the James I. Robertson Jr. Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Collection–as well as a scanning event for the collection “Profiles of Honor: Virginia's Commemoration of the World Wars.” (If you have letters or other documents from WWI or WWII to contribute to this project, please bring them. They’ll be scanned on site and returned to you. Learn more at Coffee and a box lunch are provided as a thank you to volunteers–and new volunteers are welcome! Some computers available, but bring your own laptop, if possible. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017—Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Saturday, February 03, 2018
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.

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