Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 — Friday, August 03, 2018
Place: Conference Rooms

Preregistration required:

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's
three-day Teacher Institute, presented in collaboration with Virginia
Humanities and with support from the 2019 Commemoration. The ninth annual
Brown Teacher Institute will examine the implications of immigration and
the experiences of immigrants as they come to Virginia, focusing on the
themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. The event features remarks
by keynote speaker Atif Qarni, Virginia's secretary of education. Teachers
will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in
their classrooms, discover new digital resources, and learn about the lives
of immigrant and refugee students and their families in anticipation of the
Library's upcoming exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, on
display December 10, 2018–November 23, 2019. Free to attendees, with
continuing education credits offered.

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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