Evolution of America: 1619 to Today
The Library of Virginia hosts a preview screening of the PBS documentary Evolution of America: 1619 to Today, a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. The hour-long film explores the history and events of 1619 Virginia and how that decisive year affected the growth and development of the United States, making a clear connection between 1619 and 2019. After you watch the film, catch a sneak preview of the Library's new exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, and check out an interactive display on the Virginia History Trails App, created with help from the Library of Virginia. The Exhibition Gallery will be open 5:00–7:00 pm.
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).
Literary Virginia Book Group
Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. This month, discuss The War Bride's Scrapbook by Caroline Preston (a 2018 People’s Choice Fiction Award finalist). She will be joining us by conference call. After our discussion, pick up January's book, Fire Is Your Water, by Jim Minick (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.692.3792.
New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond
Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand years, ten generations, or ten weeks, we must create the future of the commonwealth together. New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and seeks to foster an honest discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience and Virginia's increasing diversity. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. The interviews reveal the complexity of the experience for people representing a wide range of personal backgrounds, experiences, ages, and countries of origin—Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. To complement the videos, the exhibition includes objects that have special meaning for the interviewees. New Virginians is a Legacy Project of the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.