Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Osher Institute Mini-Course: Genealogy for Beginners at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
Place: Computer Lab, Fee $60 for Osher Silver members, free for Osher Gold/Gold Plus One members

Get started on finding your family history! The class will begin with an introduction to the basics, followed with setting goals, keeping organized, and identifying resources. Led by Donna Shumate, the class will focus on using the Library of Virginia's rich on-site and online collections of Virginia heritage. For registration information, visit

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us for a talk and book signing by Rebecca Skloot as she takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live, and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an important and provocative story of racism, greed, science, and ethics.

The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Monday, January 11, 2010 — Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.

The Art of Liberty
Friday, May 07, 2010 — Saturday, November 06, 2010
Place: Café Extension

This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.

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