Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Closed to prepare for annual Literary Awards celebration

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center, $65 ($55 for Semper Virginia Society members)

The Library of Virginia's 2017 Literary Luncheon features a question-and-answer session with this year's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, David Baldacci, as well as medal presentations for Literary Award finalists. Baldacci and some finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon. This event is held in association with the 2017 James River Writers Conference. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, $175

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will feature Lifetime Achievement Award honoree David Baldacci. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017 — Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 — Saturday, February 03, 2018
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.

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