Saturday, June 23, 2018

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon


Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center

Registration required:

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON<br>World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Caroline Preston will discuss her new novel, The War Bride's Scrapbook,
which is presented in the unique form of a World War II scrapbook. The
novel tells the story of Lila Jerome, who impetuously marries a soldier a
week before he ships out to the European front. In a kaleidoscope of
letters and drawings, Lila redefines her life and come to terms with a new
marriage separated by an ocean and war. Preston will also show examples
from the Library's vast collection WWII-era scrapbooks. You are invited to
bring in your own family scrapbooks and WWII records. After the talk,
Preston will give advice on how to preserve old scrapbooks and how to
reproduce them for future generations. Media sponsor: The Richmond
. Funding is provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for
Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered
by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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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