Saturday, February 12, 2011

Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Scanning Event
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia are partnering to identify and locate original manuscript material concerning the Civil War. These materials may include letters, photographs, diaries, maps, and other Civil War–era materials. Library staff members will scan privately held manuscript material for inclusion on the Web sites of both the Library and the commission. Items to be scanned should document the Civil War and the Civil-War era and must be owned by the individual presenting the materials for digitization. Materials that are photocopied and/or subject to United States copyright law may not be submitted for digitization. For more information, contact the project's regional coordinators at To make an appointment please contact Renee Savits at
(804) 692-3629 or

UPDATE- The CW 150 Legacy Project scanning event at the Library of Virginia has had such an overwhelming response that unfortunately all appointments are booked for the day. Events are being held in the surrounding counties and we encourage you to contact them to schedule an appointment.

February 19, 2011     

Dinwiddie County, old historic Dinwiddie County Court House, 9:00-3:00 Call (804) 265-1232

February 26, 2011

Hanover County, Pamunkey Regional Library, Mechanicsville branch, 10:00-6:00 Call (804) 559-7745

April 23, 2011

Chesterfield County, Chesterfield County Public Library, Central branch 10:30-4:00 Call (804) 717-6381 

June 18, 2011

Richmond, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 10:00-5:00 Call (804) 780-1865 

Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.

The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219

An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.

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