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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE
Prohibition & Other Progressive Era Reforms

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 — Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free, but registration required.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-anne-and-ryland-brown-summer-teaching-institute-tickets-33158016520


Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916—more than three years before national Prohibition was enacted. For the next 18 years the state became a laboratory for a grand social experiment that ultimately left many Virginians with a serious hangover—and eventually led to repeal. Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's two-day Teacher Institute focusing on the history of Prohibition in the commonwealth, as well as other Progressive Era reforms, including industrialization, child labor, woman suffrage, and immigration. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, learn about new digital resources available, and explore the Library of Virginia's current exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, on display through December 2, 2017.


EXHIBITION
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.


EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 — Saturday, December 30, 2017
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.