July 2018 Events
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.

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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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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
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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