Come Tour the Archives of the Commonwealth at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM, FREE, Space is limited. Call 804-692-3605.
The Library of Virginia is celebrating Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Stacks, Conservation Lab, and Special Collections. Guests will see unique paper items being conserved and learn about the Mutual Assurance Society Collection, legislative petitions, “murder” maps from court records, and election records. The tours will conclude in the Special Collections reading room where the surrender papers of Lord Cornwallis, Stonewall Jackson's last communication to General Robert E. Lee, the Virginia Ordinance of Secession, an 1818 engraved script on parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence, and other treasures of Virginia's history will be on display.
Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
In celebration of Archives Month, David Howard, a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, full-time magazine editor, and author, will discuss and sign Lost Rights, his first book. In 1865, an unknown infantryman rifled through the North Carolina State House, hunting for Confederate mementos—but what he found was no ordinary souvenir. He returned home with a touchstone of our Republic: one of the fourteen original copies of the Bill of Rights. Lost Rights follows that document's epic passage over the course of 138 years, from the Indiana businessman who purchases the looted parchment for five dollars to the antiques dealer who tries to peddle it more than a century later for $5 million. The parchment drifts from the living-room wall of a middle-class Midwestern family into the corruptible world of high-end antiquities before its journey ends with a dramatic FBI sting on the 32nd floor of a Philadelphia office tower. Part history, part detective story, part true-crime yarn, Lost Rights is a page-turner populated by unforgettable characters—the outrageous New England antique-furniture dealer, the real estate magnate seeking his next financial conquest, the folk-art expert who stows the iconic document under his bed, and the little-known historian who divines the parchment's most important secret from a faded, barely legible, 200-year-old notation, among many others.
You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free
Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.