Friday, May 21, 2010

Ireland Meets Appalachia: A Conversation in Music
Friday, May 21, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Three musicians—Mary Dailey and Jimmy Costa from Appalachia and Patrick O'Flaherty, a native Gaelic speaker from the west coast of Ireland—discuss and demonstrate through songs and tunes the common threads that run through the vocal and instrumental music of Ireland and Appalachia. The speakers will explore how the traditions evolved, and the similarities and differences they found when they began performing together. O'Flaherty will also discuss his immigration experience and involvement with Appalachian musical culture. The panel discussion will be moderated by Gregg Kimball, director of Education and Outreach at the Library of Virginia.

The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Monday, January 11, 2010 — Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.

The Art of Liberty
Friday, May 07, 2010 — Saturday, November 06, 2010
Place: Café Extension

This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.

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