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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“Books on Broad” Featuring Debra A. McClane and Walter Smalling Jr. The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

For four centuries, the ideal of the gentleman's farm has inspired Virginians to create extraordinary homes on landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Often places of retreat, these houses display the virtues of the very best of American historic and classical architecture, incorporating harmonious proportion, elegant interiors, and thoughtful design in traditional styles. Each one in its way a model of taste and beauty, the 23 houses of The Gentleman's Farm: Elegant Country House Living are an expression of an American ideal of domestic happiness, the very picture of home, which has served to influence the style of residential building across the country. This volume highlights the Virginia country home style that blends the very best of traditional, classical architecture and elegance. Houses depicted range from a centuries-old home of a former president to recently built residences. Join us for an exploration of the book with co-author Debra A. McClane, an architectural historian and preservationist and the author of Botetourt County, Virginia, Revisited and Walter Smalling Jr., an architectural photographer whose work has been featured in Architecture, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and many others. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.


First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016 — Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.