Friday, March 23, 2018

An Introduction to Using the Collections at the Library of Virginia

Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $50 ($35 for Friends of the Virginia State Archives members)

For registration or other information, contact: or Anne Brown at 804.741.0136 or

In cooperation with the Library of Virginia, the Friends of the Virginia State Archives present their annual Spring Conference featuring presentations by the professional Library staff about the collections there. The cost includes a box lunch. Pre-registration is required by March 19, 2018.

A Life in the Blues: A Musical Conversation with Gaye Adegbalola

Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby, Free

Join us for a musical evening with 2018 Virginia Women in History honoree Gaye Adegbalola, who is best-known for her long career singing, writing, and performing the blues—one of the great American musical traditions. Her original compositions connect the tradition to contemporary social issues including civil rights, women's issues, and LGBTQ equality. Adegbalola will give a brief performance followed by a conversation with Dr. Gregg D. Kimball (the Library's director of Public Services and Outreach) that touches on her life, activism, and music. This program is partially funded by the Library's Virginia Professional and Business Women's Fund. A reception follow the talk.

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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