Saturday, May 12, 2018

WRITING & CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP<br>Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library's Collections

Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library's Collections

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room, $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Registration required:

Follow your wanderlust into the Library's captivating collections—and fuel your creativity for writing, collage, and other artistic endeavors. Examine original artifacts up close and learn about digitized artifacts you can work with in your pajamas.

• Travel brochures from the 1930s to the 1960s

• Photographs from Virginia's exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in NYC

• Historic newspaper coverage of RVA's first electric street carnival and travel-related events

• Family scrapbooks

• Fascinating historic maps

Emerging and experienced writers and artists welcome. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999

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.

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