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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

VFH FELLOWS TALK
Higher Aim: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

As the search for answers continued in the decade after the Virginia Tech shootings, brave survivors and others deeply affected by the events of that day have taken steps that show a path to reforms to make schools, neighborhoods, and the nation safer. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow Tom Kapsidelis, a longtime journalist in Virginia, has examined this era against the backdrop of the nation's contentious struggle over gun, safety, and policy issues. He is completing his research at the Library of Virginia, where he has read Kaine administration e-mails and other documents archived after the tragedy in Blacksburg. Kapsidelis will talk about the personal and policy dimensions of this important chapter in the state's history, and share some of the stories of resilience and determination he's encountered along the way.


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.