VFH FELLOWS TALK
Shakers & Jerkers: Radical Revivalism in the Shenandoah Valley & East Tennessee, 1805-1815
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
Join Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow Dr. Douglas Winiarski, an associate professor of religious and American studies at the University of Richmond, as he shares his findings during his time at the Library of Virginia. This illustrated lecture examines how "the jerks"—involuntary convulsions in which the subjects' heads lashed violently backward and forward—emerged out a shadowy world of Scots-Irish signs and wonders that flourished in the Shenandoah Valley and East Tennessee. Radical Presbyterian "jerkers" fueled the explosive growth of the early western Shaker communities, and they played a crucial role in the development of the distinctive subculture that scholars have termed Appalachian mountain religion.
Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled
Monday, April 03, 2017 — Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free
Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.