Thursday, June 21, 2018  |  Calendar of Events 

EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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Cast Your Vote for the 15th Annual People's Choice Awards
The Library of Virginia is pleased to sponsor the 15th Annual People's Choice Awards. Finalists in fiction and nonfiction were selected by Virginia librarians and independent booksellers. Awards are given for the best books by Virginia authors published in the past year. For nonfiction, books on a Virginia subject are also eligible.

Library of Virginia's 2018 Virginia Women in History Program Honors Eight Outstanding Women
A civil rights activist, a peace advocate, and two authors concerned with social and humanitarian issues are among eight Virginia women recognized by the Library of Virginia as part of its Virginia Women in History program. The eight are also featured on a handsome poster and in the Library's 2018 Virginia Women in History exhibition, on display on the second floor of the Library of Virginia during the month of March, Women's History Month.

They Served the Nation That Often Refused to Serve Them. Finally See Them the Way They Saw Themselves.
True Sons of Freedom, a new exhibition at the Library of Virginia running January 16ľNovember 9, 2018, uses photographs from the World War I History Commission Collection to highlight 20 African American soldiers from Virginia who fought overseas to defend freedoms they were denied at home.


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The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.


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A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON<br>World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks
A TALK ON SCRAPBOOKS WITH CAROLINE PRESTON
World War II in Virginia: Homefront Stories Told Through Scrapbooks

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Caroline Preston will discuss her new novel, The War Bride's Scrapbook, which is presented in the unique form of a World War II scrapbook. The novel tells the story of Lila Jerome, who impetuously marries a soldier a week before he ships out to the European front. In a kaleidoscope of letters and drawings, Lila redefines her life and come to terms with a new marriage separated by an ocean and war. Preston will also show examples from the Library's vast collection WWII-era scrapbooks. You are invited to bring in your own family scrapbooks and WWII records. After the talk, Preston will give advice on how to preserve old scrapbooks and how to reproduce them for future generations. Media sponsor: The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Funding is provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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