Virginia Archives Week 2003 Events

The Library of Virginia

Tuesday, October 14, Noon - 1 p.m.

"The Many Worlds of Littleton Waller Tazewell:  Hidden Histories in the Tazewell Family Papers."

Trenton Hizer, Senior Archivist at the Library of Virginia, will discuss the Tazewell Family papers, just one example of the rich private papers collections at the Library of Virginia.  This collection offers many windows into the past.  In addition to containing the political correspondence of senators Henry Tazewell and Littleton Waller Tazewell, the Tazewell Family papers also provide great insight into other aspects of national, state, and local history, including African-American, agricultural, legal, maritime, and social and cultural history, as presented through the writings and documents of several generations of one prominent Virginia family.

Wednesday, October 15, Noon - 1 p.m.

"Bringing History to Life: Using Primary Sources in Living History Presentations."

Mark Greenough, a co-founder and director of Living History Associates, Ltd., has been a history interpreter for over 20 years.  During this time he has educated and entertained diverse audiences, ranging from school children to business professionals, government officials and the general public. Role-playing people from the past on a professional level requires the careful gathering and analysis of diverse primary source materials.  In today's session, Mr. Greenough will discuss his experiences using Virginia's rich historical resources and the importance of archival records to his work creating authentic 17th, 18th and 19th-century historical characters.

Thursday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"Our Collective Memory : a Panel Discussion on the Enduring Value of Archives."

How do archival records shape and change our perceptions of the past?  What will their creation in the present mean to future generations?  What are our responsibilities to all Virginians - past, present & future - in documenting "our collective memory"?  Using their experiences working in archives as both researchers and archivists, this evening's panel will try to answer these questions and others, as they explore the nature and enduring value of archives in a democratic society.  There will be time for questions from the audience.  Scheduled speakers include:

DeAnne Blanton, senior military archivist with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and co-author of They Fought Like Demons : Women Soldiers in the American Civil War

Dianne Swann-Wright, co-author of A Way Out of No Way and project historian for Getting Word, the African-American Oral History Project at Monticello

James E. Wootton, executive director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council

Joan Echtenkamp Klein, Assistant Director for Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia, will moderate.

Friday, October 17, Noon - 1 p.m.

"Behind the Scenes" Tour at the Library of Virginia

Staff from the Archives Description and Public Services departments will lead tours through some of the Library's areas not normally open to the public.  See the Archives Stacks where the documents of the Commonwealth's cultural heritage are stored and learn about our Conservation, Photographic and Digital Imaging and Exhibits Preparation departments.

This tour is free of charge.  Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged.  Contact the Archives Week Committee to reserve your spot at or call us at 804-692-3592.

Free parking is available in the Library of Virginia parking deck.  For details, see our web site at

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