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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
June 2011


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Earl Hamner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Nelson County native Earl Hamner, writer of novels, television shows, and movies and the force behind the semiautobiographical television series The Waltons, will receive the 2011 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia at the 14th Annual Literary Awards Celebration on October 15, 2011...

iTunes Education Spotlight

Beginning April 12, the Education Spotlight in Apple’s iTunes focused on the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. To commemorate this date, iTunes created a collection of material from various institutions including the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Harvard’s Houghton Library, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Virginia...

People's Chioce Awards Voting for the People's Choice Awards Continues through June 30

This year’s fiction finalists for the People’s Choice Awards are: Dreams That Won’t Let Go by Stacy Hawkins Adams, Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews, Mattaponi Queen: Stories by Belle Boggs, The Confession by John Grisham, and In the Company of Others by Jan Karon...

Love the Library of Virginia?

Want to keep it thriving? Become a member of the Semper Virginia Society today! Your tax-deductible gift helps the Library of Virginia Foundation acquire books and documents, conserve threatened materials, digitize documents to make them available worldwide, create new Virginia history resources for teachers, and so much more. The Library of Virginia Foundation relies on the generosity of patrons just like you to help support the most comprehensive collection of materials on Virginia history, culture, and government available anywhere. Please help if you are able...

Library Suspends Job Search and Help Sessions for the Summer

For the last two and a half years numerous Library of Virginia staff members have donated lunch hours several days a week to assist job seekers in writing resumes, searching for jobs online, filing online applications, and even creating e-mail addresses so that resumes and applications can be submitted...

Governor McDonnell Makes Appointments to Library Board

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed Patricia Thomas Evans, of Fairfax, and Ernestine K. Middleton, of Virginia Beach, to the Library Board. In addition, he reappointed Carole Weinstein, of Richmond, to a second term on the Library Board...

St. Christopher's Publication Added to High School Newspapers Collection

The Library of Virginia is pleased to welcome the Pine Needle to its growing collection of high school newspapers. The Pine Needle comes to us with commentaries from the boys of St. Christopher's School, which at the time of publication was located on Grove Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The earliest issue acquired is from March 1924. The paper is published from a literary angle, often weaving strong imagery with wit and humor...

Margaret P. "Peggy" Stillman Stalnaker Library Celebrates Service of Peggy Stillman Stalnaker

Margaret P. "Peggy" Stillman Stalnaker attended her last Library of Virginia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting on May 19, ending a long and distinguished period of service to the Library. Initially appointed to the State Library Board in 1986 by Governor Gerald L. Baliles, she served on the board for two five-year terms before joining the Library Foundation...

Commission Publishes Race, Slavery, and the American Civil War

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission is proud to announce the publication of Race, Slavery, and the American Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory, edited by James O. Horton and Amanda Kleintop. The book is based on the proceedings of the conference of same name sponsored in September 2010 by the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission...

"30 for 30" Online Special Sale

The Virginia Shop's June "30 for 30" online special features 30 percent off all children's items on the shop Web site including toys, stuffed animals, books, games, and gifts. Visit www.thevirginiashop.org to find great educational games and books that engage young readers. Check back each month to discover the latest 30 for 30 special.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Announces Digital Literacy Initiative

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke recently announced a digital literacy initiative that works to expand economic and educational opportunities in America. The new Web site provides libraries, community colleges, schools, and workforce training centers with a variety of resources and tools for teaching computer and Internet skills, which are increasingly necessary for success in today’s economy. The Web site allows individuals to find...
Fun & Free at the Library

Wednesday, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2011

Time: 3:00–5:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Fee $60 for Osher Silver members, free for Osher Gold/Gold Plus One members.
Osher Institute Class: Virginia and the Secession Crisis
This class will explore the events leading up to and surrounding the Virginia convention of 1861, when Virginians struggled with the question of secession from the Union. The class will include tours of these extensive exhibitions: Union or Secession: Virginians Decide at the Library of Virginia and The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis at the Virginia State Capitol.

Saturday, June 11 and 18, 2011

Time: 9:00–10:00 AM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby. Space is limited. Call (804) 692-3901 to register.
Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and the lasting consequences of their decisions for Virginia and the nation.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Time: 6:00–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Amanda Foreman, author of the international best seller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best Biography, will discuss and sign A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War. The book tells one of the least-known great stories of British and American history, uncovering the pivotal and major role played by Britain and its citizens during the war. Foreman provides fresh accounts of Civil War battles and shows how the war spread to Britain and was fought just as continuously there as it was in America. At the heart of this international conflict lay a complicated and at times tortuous relationship between four individuals: Lord Lyons, the painfully shy British ambassador in Washington; William Seward, the blustering U.S. secretary of state; Charles Francis Adams (grandson of John Adams and the son of John Quincy Adams), the dry but fiercely patriotic U.S. ambassador in London; and the restless and abrasive foreign secretary, Lord John Russell. For all their well-meaning efforts, and sometimes as a result of them, America and Britain came within a whisker of declaring war on each other twice in four years. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America.

Through Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases
Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia’s historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.

Through Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays, 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219
The Struggle to Decide: Virginia’s Secession Crisis
An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: Would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.

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