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September 2017

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Saturday, September 02, 2017—Monday, September 04, 2017

Closed for Labor Day weekend


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, September 13, 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: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members). Or $50 as a package with our Sep. 16 conference "Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin."

Preregistration required: https://libraryofvaafamgenealogy.eventbrite.com
Preregistration for conference & workshop package: https://africanamericangenealogyvirginia.eventbrite.com

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Attendees will learn about ways of determining whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. The workshop will focus on the Library of Virginia's collections including cohabitation registers; free Negro registers; and lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through its databases. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: BOOK TALK WITH PAULA OWENS PARKER
Roots Matter: Healing History, Honoring Heritage, Renewing Hope

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join author Paula Owens Parker, an adjunct assistant professor of spiritual formation at Richmond’s Union Presbyterian Seminary, as she discusses her book Roots Matter, which recognizes the impact of transgenerational trauma as a result of chattel slavery on the African American community. The book prunes the family tree of trauma–the silent, secret, and severed stories that stunt the growth of the family–and tends to family roots, fertilizing them with the recognition of the resilience, achievements, gifts, and talents of the ancestors, creating a healthier environment for future generations to flourish. A book signing follows the talk. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
FamilySearch Computer Lab

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Conference attendees can use the Library's computer lab anytime during Friday and Saturday's events for help with research, to explore websites and resources, and to learn how to give back through indexing and transcription of records. Stop by for demonstrations of FamilySearch indexing, the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative" transcription project, Legacy Software, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and African American websites.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY PANEL DISCUSSION
Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:15 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Individual researchers, families, civic organizations, museums, and record keepers–physical and digital–all have a role in telling and preserving the rich and varied story of African Americans in Virginia and the nation. Panel members Gregg Kimball (director of Public Services & Outreach at the Library), Emily Schultz (with FamilySearch), and Selma Stewart (past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society) will discuss current efforts and model projects to advance our shared goals of accessibility, public engagement, and long-term record preservation with moderator Thom Reed of FamilySearch. A 5:30 PM reception precedes the 6:15 PM discussion. This free event is an optional addition to the Sep. 16 conference “Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin.” For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Conference Rooms, $35 (Or add $15 to purchase both the Friday workshop and Saturday conference: $50 total)

Preregistration required: https://africanamericangenealogyvirginia.eventbrite.com
This Virginia-focused African American genealogy conference is sponsored by the Library, the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support by FamilySearch. Learn about genealogical records, research techniques, and the latest digital initiatives in African American family history from regional experts and Library of Virginia staff members. Keynote speaker Phillip Troutman (assistant professor of writing and history at The George Washington University) will discuss "The Domestic Slave Trade and its Effect on African American Family History." Box lunches available for preorder when registering. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. An optional Friday-evening reception and panel discussion (“Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help”) is free and open to the public. To see the tentative program schedule, go to: http://edu.lva.virginia.gov/african-american-genealogy-conference/genealogy-conference-program. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
FamilySearch Computer Lab

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Conference attendees can use the Library's computer lab anytime during Friday and Saturday's events for help with research, to explore websites and resources, and to learn how to give back through indexing and transcription of records. Stop by for demonstrations of FamilySearch indexing, the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative" transcription project, Legacy Software, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and African American websites.


EXHIBITION-RELATED PANEL DISCUSSION
Virginia Vice: Legislating Morality

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

This panel discussion on the fascinating and controversial subject of state control of personal behavior and morality complements the Library’s exhibition Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. The panel features experts on film censorship and drug and alcohol prohibition. Melissa Ooten’s book Race, Gender, and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922–1965 focuses on Virginia’s film censorship board. Adam Rathge’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of drugs—their association with vice, bodily and moral decay, and the methods and practices used by governments, police, medicine, and society at large to characterize, stigmatize, and control these substances. Kevin Kosar recently published Moonshine: A Global History, which offers an in-depth look at the history of moonshine and its characteristics, while author Max Watman explored the same subject in his book Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine.


GOVERNOR'S DATATHON 2017
Using Data and Analytics to Battle the Opioid Crisis

Thursday, September 28, 2017—Friday, September 29, 2017
Place: East Reading Room, Free

The Governor's Opioid Addiction Crisis Datathon is a groundbreaking competition that will bring together multi-discipline teams comprised of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and non-profits to take new and existing datasets and turn it into actionable information that will support the Governor's goal of using data and analytics to stem the tide of the opioid crisis, reduce addiction harm, and save lives.

Data stewards from health, public safety, and other agencies across federal, state, and local government and health systems will provide existing and new non-sensitive de-identified data to this challenge for the teams to explore and use.

The Datathon will take place on September 28th & 29th in the East Reading Room of the Library of Virginia. The public is invited to visit, watch the teams in action and even interact and ask questions during the competition. On Friday, at 3:15PM in the Library's Lecture Hall, all 15 teams will present their results to a panel of expert judges, and winners will be announced. All are welcome to watch the conclusion of this fun and important event.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 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: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.


EXHIBITION
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.


EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Saturday, December 30, 2017
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.