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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book Talk at the Library of Virginia The Richmond Theater Fire

Book Talk at the Library of Virginia The Richmond Theater Fire
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM, Free parking accessible from 8th and 9th streets

The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America's First Great Disaster is the award-winning account of a devastating Virginia fire in 1811. The Richmond Theater fire was the deadliest urban disaster in the early years of the United States. It stunned the nation and became an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation in the early republic. After six years of researching unpublished records, diaries, and letters, author Meredith Henne Baker has written the first full-length book about the fire and its impact on life in the nineteenth century. This story of transformation comes alive through the accounts of the slaves, debutantes, ministers, and statesmen who were the fire's victims and survivors. A book signing will follow the talk.

Historic Richmond Foundation will offer special tours of Monumental Church—site of the fire—before and after the book talk, at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Reservations are required for tours and space is limited. No reservations needed for the book talk at noon. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and attendees should park under the library building and meet in the main lobby of the Library. The tours will explore the historic structure of Monumental Church as well as the crypt below where the victims of the theater fire are buried. To reserve your space for the tour call 804-692-3999.

More information on the book and author Meredith Henne Baker available at http://www.theaterfirebook.com



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Lost & Found
Monday, February 27, 2012 — Saturday, August 25, 2012
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

What do you collect and value? Lost and Found examines the constantly changing fabric of our world. Things disappear from our cultural landscape, sometimes almost without notice—signs, buildings, even towns—and others go into attics, basements, and landfills. Some are saved and carefully stored and preserved; others intentionally destroyed, sometimes dramatically. Explore the spectacular destruction of archives by chance and nature, the intentional destruction of personal papers, the careful preservation of family treasures, and the assemblage of materials in a bank safe deposit.


The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011 — Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.