The Library of Virginia Newsletter

April 2017 Newsletter

Attention, Educators—2017 Brown Teacher Research Fellowship and Teacher Institute

The Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund, established in 2009 by a generous gift to the Library of Virginia Foundation, supports two programs each summer for Virginia history and social studies educators.

The Brown Teacher Research Fellowship provides the opportunity to study a specific aspect of Virginia history and produce educational resources to support the Library of Virginia’s ongoing exhibition and education programs. Over the course of two weeks during the summer, the Brown Fellow works with Library of Virginia staff members to research a selected topic, which this year is the Progressive Era reform movement in Virginia. For more details and application information, see the Brown Teacher Research Fellowship resource page on the Library’s website.

Teachers are invited to join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers for the Eighth Annual Brown Teacher Institute, August 1–2, 2017, at the Library. This two-day workshop focuses on the history of Prohibition in Virginia and other Progressive Era reforms. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources in the Library’s collection to enhance student learning in their classrooms, learn about new digital resources, and visit the Library’s exhibition Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. For more information, see the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Institute resource page.

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Governor McAuliffe Appoints Shelley Viola Murphy to Library Board

Governor Terry McAuliffe has appointed Shelley Viola Murphy, of Palmyra, to the Library Board. Murphy is director of program services at the Piedmont Housing Alliance and adjunct professor of business administration at Averett University. An accomplished genealogical researcher and teacher, she is president and genealogy coach for the Evolution Consulting Group. She is active in numerous genealogical organizations, among them the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Afro- American Historical and Genealogical Society. Murphy holds a bachelor of science degree from Park University and master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

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Last Call for Art In Literature Award Nominations

April 28, 2017, is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Art In Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, which recognizes an outstanding book that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary quality as a creative or scholarly work on its own merit. The Library and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts cosponsor this unique award. For details and an entry form, go to

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Exhibition Now Open—Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

The Library recently opened an exciting new exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners, which tells the story of Prohibition in Virginia and its legacy—from NASCAR to the creation of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to the rise of the modern brewing and distilling industry. The exhibition, which draws on the Library’s deep collections from the Prohibition era as well as artifacts from Franklin County, the “Moonshine Capital of the World,” is open to the public free of charge through December 5. We are grateful to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Virginia Distillers Association for their support.

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New Digital Collection Commemorates World War I

A new digital collection of photographs and other material documenting the experiences of Virginians during World War I has just been released on Virginia Memory, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war. To view the collection, go to New collections will be added over the course of the coming year.

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Save at the Virginia Shop in April

The Virginia Shop is running two promotions that you won’t want to miss this April. Throughout the month, all Library of Virginia publications may be purchased online at a 30 percent discount. Also, the Shop is offering select items located on tables just outside the Shop door at discounts up to 60 percent, while supplies last.

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