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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
January 2013

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Eight Chosen as 2013 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

The Library of Virginia has joined forces with Dominion Virginia Power to form a new program. The Library of Virginia's African American Trailblazers in Virginia History and Dominion's Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series are now one program—Strong Men & Women in Virginia History.

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion are honoring eight distinguished Virginians as the 2013 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their contributions to Virginia and the nation. Those being honored this year include men and women who were born into slavery but rose to become legislators and educators, as well as those who continue to push back frontiers in their communities, the military, and even space.

Oberndorf Resigns from Library Board

Oberndorf Meyera.jpg Meyera Oberndorf, chair of the State Library Board, has resigned from the position effective December 10, 2012. Oberndorf, who recently lost her husband of 51 years, cited his death and recent health issues as the reason for her resignation.

Oberndorf was appointed to the board in 2009 by Governor Timothy Kaine and served as vice chair from 2011 until assuming the chairmanship on July 1, 2012. She rose from service as a member of the Virginia Beach Public Library Board to become the Virginia Beach's first elected mayor and held the seat for 20 years, until 2008.

"Meyera is passionate about the value of public libraries and was an effective advocate for the Library of Virginia," said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. "When the Library of Virginia held a symposium in 2005 for its exhibition Working Out Her Destiny:  Women's History in Virginia, Meyera Oberndorf was one of the first women we contacted to participate in the History Makers' panel featuring path-breaking Virginia women. She was a force in local government, guiding Virginia...

Library Partners with American Experience to Populate the Abolitionist Map of America: Interactive Map Explores the Legacy of the Anti-Slavery Movement

PBS Abolitionist Map Every How did views on slavery evolve in the decades leading up to the Civil War? What different concerns did Quakers, soldiers, and revolutionaries express about the freedom of enslaved people? What evidence can we find in the Library of Virginia's collections about the anti-slavery movement in the early and mid-1800s?

This unique challenge arose through the Library's early involvement in HistoryPin, an interactive website to which we upload geotagged photographs and other archival material to Google maps. Each image is accompanied by descriptive metadata, but users can also add their own "stories," allowing for multiple and personal interpretations of history. Audio and video clips can also be pinned. See our HistoryPin collections at www.historypin.com/channels/view/id/28759/.

Earl Hamner Program Postponed Unti April 2

The January 16 evening program featuring Earl Hamner, Jr. has been postponed due to the author's illness. The program has tentatively been rescheduled for April 2. Please watch our website for additional details on this program.

Database Spotlight: Historic Map Works Library Edition

ProQuest's Historic Map Works is an exciting new addition to the Library of Virginia's online collections. The database provides access to more than 1.5 million U.S. cadastral (land ownership) maps with extensive coverage of cities and towns, as well as rural and suburban areas from the late 1700s to the present day. It also includes more than 100,000 antiquarian maps from the University of Southern Maine's Osher Map Library and dated from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

A portion of the collection consists of geocoded maps, which can be searched by address or latitude and longitude coordinates, and overlaid with present-day Google map images, allowing users to see changes that have occurred in specific locations over decades or centuries. One can view a 1777 map of Philadelphia and then use an onscreen slider bar to partially or completely overlay a present-day map of the same...

February 15 Is Deadline to Nominate Books for Literary Awards

The deadline to nominate books for the Library of Virginia's annual literary awards is February 15, 2013. Books eligible for the awards must have been written by a Virginia author or, for nonfiction books, have a Virginia-related theme. A Virginia author is defined as a writer meeting one or more of the following qualifications: a native-born Virginian, an author living in Virginia, or an author whose permanent home address is in Virginia. Entries can be submitted in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Entries for the 2013 awards must have been published and distributed between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Submissions must include four copies of each book nominated.

Library Holds Records of Election

The Library of Virginia has a place in the United States Electoral College, the little-known and understood mechanism by which America elects its presidents. On December 17 Virginia's 13 electors (equal to the number of representatives and senators in Virginia's congressional delegation) met in the State Capitol and cast 13 votes for the re-election of President Barack Obama. Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway was on hand to show the electors Virginia's Electoral College return, as well as election certificates from the first presidential election and the Journal of the College of Electors, 1804–1856.
Fun & Free at the Library
All events are free and take place from noon until 1 PM in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia unless otherwise noted.
 
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Closed
The Library will be closed Saturday, January 19 so that our reading rooms can be open on the Lee-Jackson (Friday, January 18) and Martin Luther King (Monday, January 21) holidays. LOBBY AND READING ROOMS WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 and MONDAY, JANUARY 21.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History: A Celebration of African-American Achievement
Time: 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
Place: Lecture Hall
The Library of Virginia and Dominion invite the public to enjoy breakfast and meet our 2013 honorees. This annual program celebrates the notable achievements of African Americans in Virginia. Fredericksburg mentor Xavier Richardson and Christiansburg activist Nannie Hairston are scheduled to attend and participate in a free-wheeling discussion with the audience. Breakfast will be available for the length of the event; the program will begin at 8:00. Limited free parking is available. Reservations are appreciated but are not required. Call 804.692.3719 or visit www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw for more information.

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Closed
The Library will be closed so that our reading rooms can be open on the George Washington Day. LOBBY AND READING ROOMS WILL BE OPEN ON  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Loving image, copyright Grey Villet The Loving Story: A Documentary Film by Nancy Buirski
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
The Loving Story, winner of the prestigious John E. O'Connor Film Prize from the American Historical Association, tells the dramatic story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who were denied the right to live together in Virginia in the 1950s. The film not only explores their landmark Supreme Court case but also the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. It is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia—the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. The Loving Story was co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and directed by Nancy Buirski.This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Welcome to Americastan "Books on Broad" featuring Jabeen Akhtar
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop
Jabeen Akhtar will discuss and sign Welcome to Americastan, her quirky, refreshingly candid debut novel. With effervescent humor and wit she turns every stereotype of Muslim Americans on its head. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:00 PM), followed by author talk (6:00–6:45 PM), and book signing (6:45–7:30 PM).

Saturday, February 23, 2013
The 2013 Symposium – Person of the Year: 1863
Time: 9:30 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Fee, $35 for Museum of the Confederacy members and Library donors, $50 for nonmembers (includes boxed lunch).
What person or group most influenced events in 1863? This question will be the charge given to the speakers—and to the audience—at the 2013 symposium. Edward L. Ayers, Kent Masterson Brown, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Thomas Sebrell, and Jennifer Weber will nominate candidates for "Person of the Year: 1863" in their lectures and the audience will get to vote on the winner at the all-day event. To register online, go to www.moc.org.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
"Books on Broad" featuring Historic Richmond Foundation and Richmond Landmarks
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
This Books on Broad will be presented in partnership with Historic Richmond Foundation and will feature two local history books that celebrate the notable cultural and historic sites of Richmond, Virginia. The Official Guide to Historic Richmond is an updated publication featuring images and information about architecturally and historically significant sites in Richmond. Richmond Landmarks includes over 200 images from the Library of Virginia's historic photographs collection with an historic overview of the city. Our usual wine and cheese reception will be followed by slideshow presentations focused on the historic sites of Richmond and ongoing historic preservation efforts by Historic Richmond Foundation.

Through Saturday, May 18, 2013
You Have No Right You Have No Right: Law & Justice
Time:9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall
Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice demonstrates how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, the exhibition explores questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.

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