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Monday, May 08, 2017

BOOK TALK WITH MARC LEEPSON
Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler

Monday, May 08, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Journalist and historian Marc Leepson will discuss his new book, Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler from the Vietnam War and Pop Stardom to Murder and an Unsolved, Violent Death. A top hit of 1966, “The Ballad of the Green Berets” was a patriotic tribute to the Special Forces by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. This life-and-times biography vividly recounts the sensational details of Sadler's life, setting his meteoric rise and tragic fall against the big picture of American society and culture during and after the Vietnam War. A book signing follows the program.


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.