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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Establishing Religious Freedom: Virginia's Work in Progress
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Scholar Thomas Buckley is joined by Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Shapiro and Ben Campbell, pastoral director of Richmond Hill, in a free-wheeling discussion of church-state relationships during key points in Virginia's history. Moderated by historian Brent Tarter, the panel will use Buckley's recently published book—Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Statute in Virginia—as their point of departure. This program is offered in partnership with the Council for America's Freedom.

The Act for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia appeared to separate church and state completely. It helped shape the First Amendment and American ideas about church-state relations; but in Virginia, the law of unintended consequences repeatedly required legislative and judicial intervention for a century and a half after the act was passed. And it still does.

Introductions by Randolph Wyckoff, executive director, Council for America's First Freedom.



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No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery, Free

Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.


The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby, Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.