Thursday, August 17, 2017

Faith and Community: The Role of the African American Church in Richmond

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

The 150th anniversary of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of Richmond’s most historic congregations, is the inspiration for this discussion of the African American church’s role and impact—both historical and current—on Richmond’s culture. Moderator Samantha Willis, arts and entertainment editor for Richmond Magazine, will lead this conversation with community historian Elvatrice Belsches, Reverend Tyrone Nelson of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Dr. Andrew White, a senior minister with ties to Virginia Union University and the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. Cosponsored by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

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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