Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library's Collections

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room, $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

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Looking for a unique way to ignite your creative spirit this March? Find sparks for compelling stories, poems, songs, drawings, and other creative arts by experiencing the True Sons of Freedom exhibition. This photographic exhibition features questionnaires and nearly life-size reproductions of photographs of African American soldiers from Virginia who served in World War I. Explore wartime correspondence, stereographs, and posters, as well as curious artifacts from collections not related to war, such as unclaimed property from safety deposit boxes. In this workshop led by poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat, you'll see original artifacts 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. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. This is the second in a series of three stand-alone workshops, with one more to come in May. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

2018 Virginia Women in History

Thursday, March 01, 2018 — Saturday, March 31, 2018
Place: Second Floor Lobby, Free

In observance of Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia celebrates the lives and contributions of eight extraordinary Virginia women in this traveling exhibition as the 2018 Virginia Women in History. The honorees have developed new approaches to old problems, served their communities, striven for excellence based on the courage of their convictions, and initiated changes that continue to affect our lives today. See the links at left for a schedule of other locations for this exhibition.

True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

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