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Friday, April 18, 2014

Researching Your African American Ancestors: Genealogy to 1870
Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM–Noon
Place: Conference Rooms, Fee: $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members) Limited to 25 participants. Register: www.thevirginiashop.org/findyourhistory.aspx

Reference archivist Cara Griggs will discuss methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Participants will explore ways of determining whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. The workshop will focus on the Library of Virginia's collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro lists, wills, deeds, Bible records, and personal papers, as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through its databases.


Culinary Event: Lecture & Tasting with “Professor Apple” Tom Burford & Albemarle Ciderworks

Culinary Event: Lecture & Tasting with “Professor Apple” Tom Burford & Albemarle Ciderworks
Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Tom Burford, also known as “Professor Apple,” brings five generations of apple cultivation knowledge to bear in his new book, Apples of North America and is a consultant to Albemarle Ciderworks in North Garden, Virginia. Representatives will be on hand to offer samples and background on one of the fastest-growing drinks in the beverage industry. Book talk 5:30–6:30 PM, tasting and book signing 6:30–7:30 PM. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition Flora of Virginia.


Flora of Virginia

Flora of Virginia
Monday, March 17, 2014 — Saturday, September 13, 2014
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Discover the power of the flower. Delve into Virginia's natural environment through Flora of Virginia, an exhibition featuring hundreds of colorful illustrations from the Library of Virginia's collections. Learn fun facts about Virginia's native plants. Examine the history of botanical description and illustration. Explore the personalities behind the folks who collected and described these plants. Try your hand at sketching a specimen at the drawing station. Check our Web calendar for information about exhibition-related events.