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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stories of Virginia's "Greatest Generation" Open House
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Lobby

Archivists will be available in the Library’s conference rooms to collect World War II items. The types of items that are appropriate for the Library’s collection are: diaries, letters, photographs, posters and broadsides, and maps. We are unable to accept artifacts such as firearms and uniforms. If you are interested in donating war-related materials but unable to attend the May 24 event, please contact the Library of Virginia at 804-692-3795.


War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II

War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Charles “Chip” Jones will discuss and sign his book that features some of the most iconic footage of World War II—taken while the photographers risked their lives. Yet the stories—and sheer guts—of the U.S. Marine Corps’ combat cameramen have been overshadowed by the heroism of the men with the rifles. War Shots brings these photographers into sharp focus through the career of Norm Hatch, a true American character whose skill with a camera and knack for being in the right place at the right time thrust him to the forefront of the effort to record the Marines at war in the Pacific. Hatch will be a special guest at this event.


Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases


Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.


The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219


An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.