Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Discovering the South: One Man's Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Join writer and historian Dr. Jennifer Ritterhouse as she discusses her latest book, Discovering the South: One Man's Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s, with Dr. John Kneebone, an expert on southern history. Ritterhouse explores the politics and culture of a crucial period in U.S. history by following North Carolina newspaper editor Jonathan Daniels on a sweeping tour of the southern states in 1937. Written in an engaging narrative style, Discovering the South examines a variety of interrelated topics, from the New Deal's impact on the South, to the literary and intellectual history of the Southern Renaissance, to the race, class, and gender dynamics evident in the tragic Scottsboro case. A book signing follows the program

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017 — Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

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