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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy

The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Discover the epic naval story of the war that threatened to undo our nation in 1812. The book, written by Mark Collins Jenkins and David Taylor, features photographs, period illustrations, historic documents, maps, letters, ephemera, and artifacts, including fascinating finds from the navy's most recent underwater excavation of the war's lost ships. The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy is a sweeping panorama of a defining moment in U.S. history and a must-read for maritime aficionados and general history buffs alike. David Taylor will speak and be available for book signings following his talk.



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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.