Friday, June 22, 2012

Brother Goes to Law Against Brother: Researching Church History in the Chancery Causes
Friday, June 22, 2012
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Greg Crawford, Local Records program manager, will share examples of church lawsuits in the chancery causes. Rather than settle disputes among themselves, church members often looked to the local court for resolution. The narrative nature of chancery suits makes them a superb primary source for understanding the reasons church members took their disputes to court. The plaintiffs' complaints, the defendants' answers, depositions, and affidavits were generally given by persons associated with the church in some capacity (members, trustees, pastors); therefore, they provide first-person accounts regarding events that led to divisions within churches. Also found in church-related chancery suits are exhibits such as correspondence, church minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and copies of deeds that were used by litigants to support their arguments. These suits can be a tremendous resource for church historians, social historians, local historians, and African American historians.

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.

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