2018 Events
book talk
Facing Freedom: An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow
TimeTuesday, May 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join author and historian Daniel Thorp as he discusses his book Facing Freedom, which relates the complex experience of an African American community in southern Appalachia as it negotiated a radically new world in the four decades following the Civil War. Drawing on extensive research in private collections as well as local, state, and federal records, Thorp narrates the experiences of black Appalachians as they struggled to establish autonomous families, improve their economic standing, operate black schools within a white-controlled school system, form independent black churches, and exercise expanded—if contested—roles as citizens and members of the body politic. A book signing follows the talk. 


The Richmond Times-Dispatch is media sponsor for our book talks. Additional funding provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors.

lecture
Uncovering a Slave Narrative
TimeThursday, May 3, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join author Kristen Green, a fellow with the Virginia Humanities, for a talk about her research project on Mary Lumpkin, who was purchased as a child by the notorious Virginia slave trader Robert Lumpkin. Green is the author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, which won both the Literary Award for Nonfiction and People's Choice Award for Nonfiction from the Library in 2016. At 13, Mary Lumpkin had the first of five children with Robert Lumpkin, all of whom lived for a time in his slave jail. Green, a longtime newspaper reporter, will share her journey to learn more about Mary Lumpkin and her descendants' journey out of slavery by tapping into the Library of Virginia's vast resources.

workshop
Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library's Collections
TimeSaturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
LocationOrientation Room
Price$30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Follow your wanderlust into the Library's captivating collections—and fuel your creativity for writing, collage, and other artistic endeavors. Examine original artifacts up close and learn about digitized artifacts you can work with in your pajamas.


  • Travel brochures from the 1930s to the 1960s
  • Photographs from Virginia's exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in NYC
  • Historic newspaper coverage of RVA's first electric street carnival and travel-related events
  • Family scrapbooks
  • Fascinating historic maps


Emerging and experienced writers and artists welcome. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999

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panel discussion
Race and the Right to Vote: Contextualizing African American Suffrage in Virginia
TimeThursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

This roundtable discussion features Dr. Corinne Field (University of Virginia), Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter (University of Richmond), Senator Jennifer McClellan (9th Senate District of Virginia), and Dr. Nicole Myers Turner (Virginia Commonwealth University). The election of delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868 would mark the first time that African American men voted in Virginia. They also ran for seats, and 24 African American men were elected as delegates to the convention. Working with their white counterparts, they shaped and approved a new constitution in 1868 giving African American men the right to vote and hold public office. Now, 150 years later, we look back on the legacy of that constitution with a panel of historians, lawmakers, and activists to reflect on the promise and politics of African American suffrage then and now. 


A reception precedes the program.

workshop
African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870
TimeFriday, May 18, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

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

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Closed for the Memorial Day Holiday

TimeSaturday, May 26, 2018–Monday, May 28, 2018


book club
Literary Virginia Book Group
TimeWednesday, July 11, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and nominees 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. Discuss June's book, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown (2017's fiction award winner), and pick up July's book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2017's nonfiction award winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, July 13, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for members)

Library of Virginia reference archivist Amanda Morrell and reference services librarian Sarah Huggins introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins.

Preregistration required
book talk
Penniman: Virginia’s Own Ghost City
TimeWednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join author Rosemary Thornton as she discusses her new book, Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City. If you've never heard of Penniman, you're not alone. It's a lost chapter of Virginia history. Located on the York River between Williamsburg and Yorktown, Penniman was the site of a DuPont munitions plant that produced artillery shells for World War I in 1918. At its peak, it had 15,000 inhabitants, many of whom lived in newly built Sears Modern Homes, catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck, and Company. The predominantly female workforce loaded TNT into 2.8 million shells. When the war ended, so did the town. 


Within the pages of this fascinating story, you'll learn about: 

• German espionage at Penniman

• Why the Great Atlantic Fleet remained anchored in the York River—at the town's front door

• Why 90 percent of plant's shell-loaders were female

• What happened to Penniman's houses 


A book signing follows the talk. This event complements the Library's exhibition True Sons of Freedom. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is media sponsor for our book talks. Additional funding provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, July 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

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volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeSaturday, July 28, 2018 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

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panel discussion

NEW VIRGINIANS

The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia

TimeThursday, August 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Virginia Humanities' David Bearinger, director of grants and community programs, moderates this conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia in the past 30 years, presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities in conjunction with the Library's annual Anne and Ryland Brown Teachers Institute. The panel includes three Virginians who immigrated to the commonwealth and now work with resettlement and newcomer services: Seyoum Berhe (Ethiopia), Virginia's state refugee coordinator with the Office of Newcomer Services; Karla Almendarez-Ramos (Honduras), manager of the City of Richmond's Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Kika Husejnovic (Bosnia), pre-arrival coordinator with Church World Service's Richmond Immigration and Refugee Program. They are among the more than 30 immigrants interviewed for the upcoming exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, a partnership between the Library and the Virginia Humanities with support from American Evolution (americanevolution2019.com)New Virginians opens at the Library on December 10, 2018. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

for educators

ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE

Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity

TimeWednesday, August 1, 2018–Friday, August 3, 2018
LocationConference Rooms

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's three-day Teacher Institute, presented in collaboration with Virginia Humanities and with support from American Evolution (americanevolution2019.com). The ninth annual Brown Teacher Institute will examine the implications of immigration and the experiences of immigrants as they come to Virginia, focusing on the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. The event features remarks by keynote speaker Atif Qarni, Virginia's secretary of education. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, discover new digital resources, and learn about the lives of immigrant and refugee students and their families in anticipation of the Library's upcoming exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, on display December 10, 2018–November 23, 2019. Free to attendees, with continuing education credits offered.

celebration

NEW VIRGINIANS

Old Traditions/New Virginians Folklife Celebration

TimeFriday, August 3, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLobby
PriceFree

Explore the sights and sounds of the "New Old" traditions of migrants who have come to Virginia within the last 30 years. This Folklife Celebration features traditions as varied as Vietnamese dàn bầu music (a one-stringed instrument), the exquisitely colorful Guatemalan alfombra (sawdust carpet) and dance, Hindustani raga singing, a Bolivian tinku dance group, and a Mexican mariachi band, as well as craft displays and demonstrations. A collaboration of the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities and the Library of Virginia, with support from American Evolution (americanevolution2019.com), this vibrant, free event is one of the first public programs supporting the Library's upcoming exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, which opens this December. The event also complements "Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity," the Library's 2018 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Institute. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999

volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, August 8, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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)

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book club
Literary Virginia Book Group
TimeWednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and nominees 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. Discuss July's book, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2017's nonfiction award winner), and pick up August's book: The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown (2017's People's Choice fiction winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

book talk

BOOK LAUNCH WITH BETH MACY

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the

Drug Company that Addicted America

TimeTuesday, August 14, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the first Carole Weinstein Author Series event, the Richmond launch of the eagerly awaited new book from Beth Macy, award-winning author of Factory Man and TruevineDopesick is an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines of the devastating opioid crisis in America. Macy will discuss her book and then hold a question and answer session with Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After losing his 21-year-old son to heroin addiction, Dr. Abubaker now spends time speaking to the public about his family's experience and the need to change how doctors prescribe opioids. Reception 5:30–6:00 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signings at 7:00 PM. This event is made possible with federal funding for staff support by the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Media sponsor: Richmond Times-Dispatch.

lecture
Emilie Raymond Discusses Food for Victory during World War II
TimeTuesday, August 21, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Many Americans remember food rationing, shortages, and victory gardens during World War II, but few realize the powerful role food played during the war. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Emilie Raymond will discuss new research and her experiences teaching food policy. Raymond specializes in 20th-century American politics and culture, focusing on the intersection between Hollywood and politics.

volunteer opportunity
Help Us Celebrate Our Transcribe-aversary
TimeSaturday, August 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
LocationLobby and Conference Rooms

All participants in the Library of Virginia's Making History: Transcribe project are invited to join us for a day of archival insights, tips on advancing your skills in reading old documents, and information about Virginia during World War I. We'll also be transcribing, of course. Coffee and lunch are provided—and birthday cake too! These hours can be counted as community service through the HandsOn platform.

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escape room activity

GABRIEL WEEK presents Gabriel's Escape 

TimeWednesday, August 29, 2018 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationLobby & Second Floor
PriceFree

Join NERD SQUAD in a high-energy escape room activity at the Library of Virginia. For the inaugural celebration of GABRIEL WEEK, Untold RVA, NERD SQUAD, and Virginia author Gigi Amateau bring the Richmond community together to be inspired by the legacies of self-determination, intersectionality, and resistance through the dynamic story of a Richmond-area social justice hero, Brother General Gabriel. In 1800, a 24-year-old enslaved Black man named Gabriel makes a plan to overthrow slavery in Virginia and secretly recruits numerous others to this heroic cause. Discovery of the plot and a horrible rainstorm complicate the freedom fighters' stealthy plans and their conspiracy is foiled. Dozens of his fellow revolutionaries are caught and tried, while Gabriel makes his way to the coast, where he is later captured and ultimately hanged. Journey back in time to change history with NERD SQUAD at the Library of Virginia. Help Gabriel avoid capture and make it past the bounty hunters hoping to cash in on the reward money for his arrest. Immerse yourself in the untold stories of these courageous revolutionaries while sifting through clues, content, and historical documents at the Library. Attendees will receive a signed copy of Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau, winner of the Library of Virginia's 2013 People’s Choice Award for Fiction, and even have a chance to meet the author. Recommended for teens, young adults, and families. Light refreshments will be provided by Initiatives of Change and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. For more information, visit www.untoldrva.com/gabrielweek.

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Closed for Labor Day
TimeSaturday, September 1, 2018–Monday, September 3, 2018
LocationLibrary of Virginia


conference

VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY

DNA Made Clear:

Growing Your Family Tree with Genetic Genealogy

TimeSaturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall & Conference Rooms
Price$35

Join us for an exciting day of family history exploration and networking. This one-day conference features keynote speaker Judy G. Russell—"the legal genealogist"—and nationally recognized genetic genealogy experts Bernice A. Bennett, Shannon Christmas, Rachel Unkefer, and Shannon Combs-Bennett. Presenters will help us explore how DNA can be used to trace our family trees, including presentations on terminology and DNA interpretation for beginners, and chromosome mapping and DNA painting for more experienced genealogists.


The Library of Virginia hosts this second annual Family History Day conference in collaboration with 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 from FamilySearch. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, September 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

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. Discuss September's book, The Stargazer's Sister, by Carrie Brown, 2017's People's Choice Award for Fiction winner. Pick up October's book, If the Creek Don't Rise, by Leah Weiss, a finalist for 2018's Fiction Award & People's Choice Award for Fiction. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

panel discussion

Animal Science & the American Civil War

TimeTuesday, September 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

To launch Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology, and Society 2018 speaker series, “Imagining Animals Through Science,” in conjunction with the Library of Virginia, this panel discussion will examine the complex relationships between Victorian Americans, science, and animals in the midst of such turbulent events as slavery, the Civil War, and ecosystem decline. Henry A. McGhie (head of collections and curator of zoology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester) will address the rise of scientific ornithology and bird conservation in connection with Confederate blockades, and Abraham H. Gibson (National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University) will detail the evolutionary and social history of domesticated animals, such as pigs, cattle, and horses, that went feral. Kathryn Shively Meier (author of Nature's Civil War) will moderate. A reception precedes the event (5:30–6:00 PM), the panel runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and a book signing follows. For more information, please contact kmeier@vcu.edu or 804.828.8427.

book talk

BOOK TALK WITH JOHN BRYAN & ROB CARTER

America's Favorite Flies

TimeWednesday, September 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

America's Favorite Flies, a book by Rob Carter and John Bryan, is a landmark gathering of 224 fly-fishers from across North America, each of whom has provided a favorite fly along with comments and materials. The book contains stunning photographs of the flies, approximately 100 artworks by some of North America's most beloved outdoor artists, and writings by a compelling list of participants, including President Jimmy Carter, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, fly-fishing matriarch Joan Wulff, rock musician Huey Lewis, artist James Prosek, and author Tom McGuane. All profits from the book go to two organizations whose work benefits healthier fisheries and waters: the James River Association and the Native Fish Society. The authors have donated the original questionnaires, flies, and other original materials gathered for the book to the Library of Virginia, and the collection will be made available to researchers. A book signing follows the talk. For more information on this event, contact dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

workshop

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research: Reconstruction–World War I

TimeFriday, September 21, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

This workshop provides an overview of records created during the Reconstruction era through World War I and explores how they relate to African American genealogy. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs covers topics such as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; population schedules from the federal census; newspapers; and records for elections, educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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panel discussion

Building Upon Her Legacy:

A Panel on Henrietta Lacks & the Henrietta Lacks Commission

TimeTuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall

This July, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the creation of the Henrietta Lacks Commission—a board of individuals tasked with creating a plan to construct a biomedical cancer research center to honor the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, who was born and raised in Virginia. The governor has proclaimed the week of September 23–29, 2018 as Henrietta Lacks Legacy Week, to coincide with the inaugural meeting of the commission. The Virginia Department of Health, in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University, hosts a panel to share information about the commission and to lead an important discussion around many of the dynamic facets of the Henrietta Lacks story that continue to impact health inequities, ethics in clinical research, and mistrust in the African American community, today. For a list of panelists, visit the registration link. A reception will follow the discussion. Timeline of events: 6:00–7:15 PM, panel and Q&A; 7:20–8:00 PM, reception and networking.

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volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeSaturday, September 29, 2018 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

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workshop

Love Letters & Recipes: Researching Historical Fiction

TimeFriday, October 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Civil War history books tell us about battles and politicians, but what did ordinary people read in the newspaper? What did they eat for breakfast? Details from the past can help you more fully imagine your characters and their world in any time period. We’ll read work from writers including Geraldine Brooks and Donald McCaig and see how they enhance scenes with details. Using materials from the Library's collections, we'll also brainstorm about fun and creative ways to do historical research for your writing projects. Come with a pencil and paper. Leave with new ideas and techniques for immersing yourself in the setting of your story. Led by Clara Silverstein, author of Secrets in a House Divided: A Novel of Civil War Richmond.

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exhibition

Library of Virginia Open House & Strategic Plan Exhibition

TimeFriday, October 5, 2018 from 8:30 AM–5:30 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia Lobby
PriceFree

Join us for an open house and strategic charrette. Preview our upcoming priorities, chat with our staff and board members, and provide us with additional input on our emerging strategic plan that will guide the Library’s work for the next five years. Hear an overview of the planning process at one of four brief presentations scheduled for 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Stay for awhile, or drop in for 15 minutes!

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Closed for Columbus Day
TimeMonday, October 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia


volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, October 10, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

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. Discuss If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist and People's Choice Fiction finalist), and pick up November's book: Best Intentions by Erika Raskin (a 2018 People's Choice Fiction finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Private Papers Collections at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, October 12, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. Library staff members Trenton Hizer (senior manuscripts acquisition and digital archivist) and Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) introduce you to the collections and the valuable information they contain. They will also share tips on how you can preserve your own family papers. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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literary awards

Art Meets Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

TimeFriday, October 19, 2018 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall (200 N Boulevard, Richmond)
Price$8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. This year’s winner is Donna M. Lucey for Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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Closed for an Event
TimeSaturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia

Closed to prepare for annual Literary Awards Celebration!

literary awards

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
Price$175

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration features author Susan Orlean, whose latest work, The Library Book, will be published on October 16, 2018. Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host for this event. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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book talk

The Library Book: A Talk and Book Signing with Susan Orlean

TimeSunday, October 21, 2018 from 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
LocationRichmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street
PriceFree

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards events continue with a book talk and signing by author Susan Orlean at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library. The acclaimed best-selling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, Orlean has been hailed as a “national treasure” by the Washington Post. In her new work, The Library Book, she reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries. Chop Suey Books will have the book available for purchase on-site. Hosted by the Richmond Public Library, with a reception by the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeSaturday, October 27, 2018 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetworking Training Center

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).

Register Here
lecture

The New Map of Empire:

How Britain Imagined America before Independence

TimeSaturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$20 ($15 for Semper Virginia Society Members, free for Fry-Jefferson Map Society Members)

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts this map lecture and book signing with author and professor S. Max Edelson, who studies the history of colonial British America and the Atlantic world. His latest book, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence, examines the cartographic record of empire in British America in the generation before the American Revolution and features a dynamic digital archive of 257 maps and map collections. Edelson is co-director of the University of Virginia’s Early American Seminar at Monticello, an ongoing project that critiques research in progress on colonial America, the American Revolution, the early republic, and related fields. A book signing follows the lecture. For more information on this event or membership, contact dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

Registration
volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, November 7, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

Register Here
exhibition
True Sons of Freedom
TimeTuesday, January 16, 2018–Friday, November 9, 2018
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.


For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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Closed for the Anthem Richmond Marathon & for Veteran's Day
TimeSaturday, November 10, 2018–Monday, November 12, 2018
LocationLibrary of Virginia

We are closed this long weekend for both the Anthem Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond and our observed Veteran's Day holiday.

book club

Literary Virginia Book Group 

TimeWednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

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. Discuss Best Intentions by Erika Raskin (a 2018 People's Choice Fiction finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, November 16, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

By popular demand, we're presenting a repeat of this genealogy workshop. Library of Virginia reference archivists Amanda Morrell and Bill Bynum and reference services librarian Sarah Huggins introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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Closed for Thanksgiving
TimeWednesday, November 21, 2018–Saturday, November 24, 2018
LocationLibrary of Virginia

We are closed from noon on November 21 through November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

lecture

Virginia Humanities Fellow Talk: Thoughts on Poe  

TimeTuesday, November 27, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Virginia Humanities fellow Dr. Richard Kopley, a Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, from Penn State DuBois, for a talk on his research for a critical biography of Edgar Allan Poe. A former president of the Poe Studies Association and a recent recipient of the group's Lifetime Achievement and Service Award, Dr. Kopley has published extensively on Poe, including Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries and The Formal Center in Literature: Explorations from Poe to the Present. He has also edited a variety of books, including Poe's novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and such collections as Poe's Pym: Critical Explorations, Poe Writing / Writing Poe, and Edgar Allan Poe in 20 Objects. For more information, contact Catherine Wyatt at catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.  

volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, December 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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).

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Closed for the Christmas Holiday

TimeSaturday, December 22, 2018–Tuesday, December 25, 2018
LocationLibrary of Virginia


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State Records Center Reading Room Closed

TimeWednesday, December 26, 2018–Thursday, December 27, 2018


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Closed for the New Year's Holiday

TimeSaturday, December 29, 2018–Tuesday, January 1, 2019


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