Friday, September 15, 2017

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members). Or $50 as a package with our Sep. 16 conference "Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin."

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Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Attendees will learn about ways of determining whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. The workshop will focus on the Library of Virginia's collections including cohabitation registers; free Negro registers; and lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through its databases. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

Roots Matter: Healing History, Honoring Heritage, Renewing Hope

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Join author Paula Owens Parker, an adjunct assistant professor of spiritual formation at Richmond’s Union Presbyterian Seminary, as she discusses her book Roots Matter, which recognizes the impact of transgenerational trauma as a result of chattel slavery on the African American community. The book prunes the family tree of trauma–the silent, secret, and severed stories that stunt the growth of the family–and tends to family roots, fertilizing them with the recognition of the resilience, achievements, gifts, and talents of the ancestors, creating a healthier environment for future generations to flourish. A book signing follows the talk. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

FamilySearch Computer Lab

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Conference attendees can use the Library's computer lab anytime during Friday and Saturday's events for help with research, to explore websites and resources, and to learn how to give back through indexing and transcription of records. Stop by for demonstrations of FamilySearch indexing, the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative" transcription project, Legacy Software,,, and African American websites.

Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help

Friday, September 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:15 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Individual researchers, families, civic organizations, museums, and record keepers–physical and digital–all have a role in telling and preserving the rich and varied story of African Americans in Virginia and the nation. Panel members Gregg Kimball (director of Public Services & Outreach at the Library), Emily Schultz (with FamilySearch), and Selma Stewart (past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society) will discuss current efforts and model projects to advance our shared goals of accessibility, public engagement, and long-term record preservation with moderator Thom Reed of FamilySearch. A 5:30 PM reception precedes the 6:15 PM discussion. This free event is an optional addition to the Sep. 16 conference “Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin.” For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

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.

Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 — Saturday, February 03, 2018
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.

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