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Saturday, September 16, 2017

VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
Virginia: Where African American Genealogy and History Begin

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Conference Rooms, $35 (Or add $15 to purchase both the Friday workshop and Saturday conference: $50 total)

Preregistration required: https://africanamericangenealogyvirginia.eventbrite.com

This Virginia-focused African American genealogy conference is sponsored by the Library, the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support by FamilySearch. Learn about genealogical records, research techniques, and the latest digital initiatives in African American family history from regional experts and Library of Virginia staff members. Keynote speaker Phillip Troutman (assistant professor of writing and history at The George Washington University) will discuss "The Domestic Slave Trade and its Effect on African American Family History." Box lunches available for preorder when registering. Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. An optional Friday-evening reception and panel discussion (“Preserving African American Stories: Collaborations, Crowdsourcing, and How You Can Help”) is free and open to the public. To see the tentative program schedule, go to: http://edu.lva.virginia.gov/african-american-genealogy-conference/genealogy-conference-program. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY: AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
FamilySearch Computer Lab

Saturday, September 16, 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, FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, and African American websites.


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.