Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library’s Collections

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Registration required:

Want to add mystery, suspense, or wonder to your October? Find sparks for spellbinding stories, poems, films, or other creative arts by examining artifacts and documents related to the Teetotalers & Moonshiners exhibition, coroner’s reports detailing acts of murder and mayhem, freedom suits that reveal tenacious fights for justice decades before the Civil War, and more. In this workshop led by poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat, you’ll see original documents up close, learn how to find and access digitized records, discuss guidelines for ethical use of sources, and kindle your imagination—all in the company of creatives like you. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet if you’d like (not required). Both emerging and experienced writers and artists are welcome. Minimum age is 16. This is the first in a three-part series, with more workshops to come in 2018. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.


Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

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). Registration required:

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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