Thursday, September 28, 2017

Virginia Vice: Legislating Morality

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

This panel discussion on the fascinating and controversial subject of state control of personal behavior and morality complements the Library’s exhibition Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. The panel features experts on film censorship and drug and alcohol prohibition. Melissa Ooten’s book Race, Gender, and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922–1965 focuses on Virginia’s film censorship board. Adam Rathge’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of drugs—their association with vice, bodily and moral decay, and the methods and practices used by governments, police, medicine, and society at large to characterize, stigmatize, and control these substances. Kevin Kosar recently published Moonshine: A Global History, which offers an in-depth look at the history of moonshine and its characteristics, while author Max Watman explored the same subject in his book Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine.

Using Data and Analytics to Battle the Opioid Crisis

Thursday, September 28, 2017 — Friday, September 29, 2017
Place: East Reading Room, Free

The Governor's Opioid Addiction Crisis Datathon is a groundbreaking competition that will bring together multi-discipline teams comprised of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and non-profits to take new and existing datasets and turn it into actionable information that will support the Governor's goal of using data and analytics to stem the tide of the opioid crisis, reduce addiction harm, and save lives.

Data stewards from health, public safety, and other agencies across federal, state, and local government and health systems will provide existing and new non-sensitive de-identified data to this challenge for the teams to explore and use.

The Datathon will take place on September 28th & 29th in the East Reading Room of the Library of Virginia. The public is invited to visit, watch the teams in action and even interact and ask questions during the competition. On Friday, at 3:15PM in the Library's Lecture Hall, all 15 teams will present their results to a panel of expert judges, and winners will be announced. All are welcome to watch the conclusion of this fun and important event.

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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