Tuesday, April 10, 2018

BOOK TALK WITH LYNN RAINVILLE<br>Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919

BOOK TALK WITH LYNN RAINVILLE
Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Join author and historian Lynn Rainville as she discusses her new book, Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919. The state played an important role during World War I, supplying the Allied forces with food, horses, and steel in 1915 and 1916. After America entered the war in 1917, Virginians served in numerous military and civilian roles—Red Cross nurses, sailors, shipbuilders, pilots, stenographers, and domestic gardeners. Almost every city and county lost men and women to the war. Rainville details the state's manifold contributions to the war effort and presents a study of monuments erected after the war. A book signing follows the talk.


EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.


For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.



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