Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Rains: Voices of Liberty

The Rains: Voices of Liberty
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9:30 AM–10:30 AM
Place: Orientation Room, Free

Dr. Sulayman Clark, a university administrator and fund raising consultant, will speak about his book, The Rains: Voices of Liberty, a work of historical fiction featuring many characters based on real life “free persons of color” who worked in favor of abolition in antebellum Philadelphia. Come learn more about this fascinating book and ever-changing lives of those whose struggles and triumphs transformed the lives of African Americans. This event is part of the third annual Civil War & Emancipation Day commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of slavery.

Civil War and Emancipation Day
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby, Free

Civil War & Emancipation Day is a signature event of The Future of Richmond's Past, a collaborative effort among leaders of Richmond's historical societies, museums, commissions, cultural and tourism organizations, and educational institutions to frame the sesquicentennial years in which our city and the nation commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation.

Throughout the day, the Library of Virginia will present a display highlighting examples of historical records such cohabitation registers, registers of free negroes, census returns of black populations that are of particular interest to African Americans researching their family tree. A handout of African American Family History Resources before 1870 will be available.

Go to or call (804) 788-6479 for more information on this day-long, city-wide event.

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.

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