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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Poetic Principles: Remembering Eleanor Ross Taylor
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Claudia Emerson, Ross Taylor, David Wojahn, Debra Nystrom, and Kathleen Graber will celebrate the life and work of Eleanor Ross Taylor through readings of her poems. Taylor, who won the Library of Virginia's literary award for poetry in 2000 for Late Leisure, died at age 91 on December 30, 2011. She was the author of six books of poetry published over five decades and in 2010 received the prestigious $100,000 Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry, given by Poetry magazine for poets whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition." A reception will follow the program, which is sponsored in part by the Carole M. Weinstein Virginia Authors Fund.


Lost & Found
Monday, February 27, 2012 — Saturday, August 25, 2012
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

What do you collect and value? Lost and Found examines the constantly changing fabric of our world. Things disappear from our cultural landscape, sometimes almost without notice—signs, buildings, even towns—and others go into attics, basements, and landfills. Some are saved and carefully stored and preserved; others intentionally destroyed, sometimes dramatically. Explore the spectacular destruction of archives by chance and nature, the intentional destruction of personal papers, the careful preservation of family treasures, and the assemblage of materials in a bank safe deposit.


The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011 — Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.