September 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012—Monday, September 03, 2012

Closed for Labor Day holiday weekend

First Fridays East The Spirit of Virginia: Photographs for the 1939 New York World's Fair
Friday, September 07, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
Place: Lobby, Free

Richmond's popular arts and cultural program First Fridays Art Walk makes a special expansion east with First Fridays East to connect the Library of Virginia with the University of Richmond Downtown. See photographs of Virginia scenes that were displayed in the Virginia Room at the 1939 World's Fair. The photographs provided an "infomercial" for the state, promoting it as a place not just of historic shrines and natural beauty, but as one of scientific, artistic, and intellectual sophistication, a modern state of concrete highways, world-class museums, and business-friendly public policies. The program features Depression-era music and light refreshments in the main lobby of the Library of Virginia (5:30-6:30 PM), followed by the opening of the exhibition in the UR Downtown exhibition gallery with gallery talk by exhibition curator Hayley Harrington at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will also be available at UR Downtown.

"Books on Broad" Featuring Wendy Powers & Robin McLeod
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia Orientation Room

The Testament of Judith Barton

Imagine the cinematic masterpiece Vertigo retold by its tragic heroine. As Wicked does for The Wizard of Oz, this novel reveals the secret history behind a classic story from a mysterious woman's point of view. 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).

The Right-Hand Shore

The Right-Hand Shore
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Christopher Tilghman will discuss the culture of the Eastern Shore and how it is reflected in his new novel, The Right-Hand Shore. Set in Maryland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tilghman's story explores the desires that drive people to try to overcome the past. Their efforts are all the more difficult because they keep looking back on the paths already traveled instead of the ones ahead of them.

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011—Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.

"The Earth Belongs Always to the Living Generation": The Constitution of Virginia—Past, Present, and Future
Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

The quotation in this program's title was written by Thomas Jefferson to James Madison in 1789. It begins, “No society can make a perpetual constitution or even a perpetual law.” Jefferson staunchly believed that no government was set in stone, and the history of Virginia's constitution amply demonstrates that maxim. It was enacted in 1776 and, since then, it has been revised five times. A. E. Dick Howard, professor of law and public affairs at the University of Virginia and an internationally recognized expert on constitutional law, will lead a spirited discussion that traces the document's evolution up to the most recent revision (1971) and explores its applicability to its citizens' needs in the present day. This program complements our exhibition You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia.

Documentary Film Screening: Rothstein's First Assignment
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

In 1935, New Deal photographer Arthur Rothstein was sent to the mountains of Virginia to photograph the residents of the Appalachian backwoods and hollows before they were displaced to make room for Shenandoah National Park. Together with Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, Rothstein produced some of the most important and moving images of America's Great Depression. Director Richard Robinson retraces Rothstein's steps by interviewing descendants of the mountain people, which he beautifully weaves together with a 1964 audio interview of Rothstein and archival newsreel and film footage. During the course of his research, however, Robinson discovered evidence that Rothstein's images were not pure documentation, but often staged for the camera. Digging beneath the official story, the film unearths an unsettling link between propaganda and documentary, and raises troubling questions about the photographer's complicity in the displacement of thousands of people for “progress.” Robinson's most chilling discovery, though, is the forced institutionalization and sterilization of mountain residents as part of Virginia's eugenic program, which sterilized more than 8,000 individuals. This fascinating film challenges the viewer to consider the complexity behind images that are viewed as historical truth. A Q&A session with Robinson and assistant producer Katrina Powell will follow the screening, and the Library of Virginia's exhibition You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia will be open for viewing. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia.

Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes
Monday, October 01, 2012
Place: Conference Rooms, Fee, $25 includes lunch To register, visit:

The Library of Virginia will host Where History Begins: Celebrating Our Successes, a workshop for local historical and genealogical societies. Participants will learn strategies for planning and completing successful projects, evaluating and working effectively with their collections, identifying grant opportunities and partnerships, and building support for their organizations. The workshop is sponsored by the Virginia State Historical Advisory Board and made possible by a generous State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The day-long workshop will feature concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon, a presentation on a successful collaborative local history preservation project, and tours of Virginia's storied archives. Among the session topics will be: Stories of Virginia Found in the Chancery Records, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project, What Is a Public Record?, Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names, and Care and Preservation of Photographs.

You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012—Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.

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