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September 2011

Closed
Saturday, September 03, 2011—Monday, September 05, 2011

Closed for Labor Day Holiday weekend


Virginia Divided: The Forgotten First Campaign
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Hunter Lesser, a native West Virginian and a consulting archaeologist and historical interpreter, will discuss how the mountains of “Western Virginia” were a proving ground for soldiers and statesmen in 1861. Here Generals George McClellan and Robert E. Lee squared off in the opening campaign of America’s Civil War. While armies battled, Virginia Unionists defied the Confederates in Richmond by forging a new state government in Wheeling. Soldiers, civilians, and politicians come to life in this overlooked but compelling chapter of Virginia history. à


Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM–11:45 AM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Space is limited., Call (804) 692-3901 to register

What were Virginians thinking and discussing as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860? Why was Virginia's decision critical to America's fate in 1861 and key to the ultimate course and outcome of the sectional crisis? Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and the lasting consequences of their decisions for Virginia and the nation.


Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Space is limited., Call (804) 692-3901 to register

What were Virginians thinking and discussing as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860? Why was Virginia's decision critical to America's fate in 1861 and key to the ultimate course and outcome of the sectional crisis? Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and the lasting consequences of their decisions for Virginia and the nation.


Display of the Virginia's Copy of the Bill of Rights
Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–4:30 PM
Place: Lobby

In commemoration of Constitution Week the Library of Virginia will display one of the Commonwealth's treasures—Virginia's1789 manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights, one of only 12 surviving original signed copies of the document. This piece of Virginia's and the nation's history is rarely on public display. At noon there will be a reading of the Bill of Rights by a costumed town crier.


Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM–11:45 AM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Space is limited., Call (804) 692-3901 to register

What were Virginians thinking and discussing as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860? Why was Virginia's decision critical to America's fate in 1861 and key to the ultimate course and outcome of the sectional crisis? Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and the lasting consequences of their decisions for Virginia and the nation.


Display of the Virginia's Copy of the Bill of Rights
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Lobby

In commemoration of Constitution Week the Library of Virginia will display one of the Commonwealth's treasures—Virginia's1789 manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights, one of only 12 surviving original signed copies of the document. This piece of Virginia's and the nation's history is rarely on public display.


Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM–3:45 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Space is limited., Call (804) 692-3901 to register

What were Virginians thinking and discussing as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860? Why was Virginia's decision critical to America's fate in 1861 and key to the ultimate course and outcome of the sectional crisis? Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and the lasting consequences of their decisions for Virginia and the nation.


"Books on Broad" Featuring Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt: Finding Thalhimers
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop

Finding Thalhimers chronicles one woman's obsessive quest for the true history of her family and their beloved department store. On a treasure hunt to find the true story of her paternal family and their store, Smartt enriched her own life in ways she never imagined. Come hear her story at Books on Broad with light refreshments and good company. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).


Autism Seminar featuring Kathryn Erskine, Winner of National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Autism Seminar featuring Kathryn Erskine, Winner of National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms and Lecture Hall

Ticket Sales and Registration: http://readaloudva.org/redbox-erskine2011.html#erskineregister (early price specials prior to Aug. 1, 2011)

The Library of Virginia and Children's Book Bank of Virginia (formerly Read Aloud Virginia) are cosponsoring an autism seminar for educators and an author talk and book signing by Kathryn Erskine, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Fiction for Mockingbird. The book explores the world of a young girl with Asperger's syndrome as she tries to cope with the killing of her older brother.


State Records Center Archives Annex Reading Room Late Opening
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The State Records Center Archives Annex Reading Room will not open until 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 28th.


Researching Your African American Ancestors: Genealogy to 1870
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon
Place: Conference Rooms, Workshop registration closed.

Cara Griggs, reference librarian at the Library of Virginia, will discuss methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Workshop participants will explore ways of determining whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research based on this information. The workshop will focus on records from the Library of Virginia collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro lists, wills, deeds, Bible records, and personal papers, as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through its databases.


Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases


Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.


The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219


An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.