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Virginia Archives Month October 2014

Image of Archives Month Poster

Archives are for Virginians! This year, Archives Month in Virginia will celebrate all of the ways that archival and manuscript collections assist, educate, enrich, and enliven the lives of Virginians (and many others). This year Flickr was used to allow archival institutions to share and display their images. Please visit https://www.flickr.com/groups/2687190@N21/ to view this year's images.

Please enjoy and share the Archives Month poster, created from images submitted from archival repositories across the state. The poster highlights Virginians' rich cultural traditions with images from Virginia archives and manuscript collections. An Archives Month bookmark and Governor McAuliffe's Certificate of Recognition are both available in PDF format.

We also welcome you to explore your Virginia history by delving into an archives collection near you during the month of October. Numerous programs and lectures are slated to take place at institutions around the Commonwealth, so keep track of new events on this web page or on the Archives Month Facebook page. Visit your local repository to see what they’ve “cultivated” for your reading and viewing pleasure. You just might find something unexpected!


Virginia Archives Month Events:

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Library of Virginia
Tours

10:00 AM–Noon
Free, but registration required.


In honor of Archives Month in Virginia, we're offering a morning and afternoon tour of the Library on October 8. Tours are free, but limited to 20 people per tour. The morning tour runs from 10 AM until noon. The afternoon tour runs from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tours-for-archives-month-tickets-12708097261. For more information, contact Adrienne Robertson at 804.692.3001.

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Virginia Historical Society
Halsey Family Lecture Hall
Lorri Glover
“Founders as Fathers: Going Home with Virginia's Revolutionary Leaders”
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Children $4 Members Free (Join today) Seniors $5 Adults $6

Limited parking at the VHS due to construction
Please arrive in time to find parking in the VMFA deck, in the lot behind St Mark’s Church on Colonial Avenue, or on the street.

On October 9 at noon, Lorri Glover will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled "Founders as Fathers: Going Home with Virginia's Revolutionary." Set against the backdrop of Revolutionary Virginia, Lorri Glover’s new book, Founders as Fathers: Family Values and Revolutionary Politics, offers an intimate portrait of the lives of the country’s most celebrated political leaders, revealing, for the first time, how they struggled to balance civic duties against domestic responsibilities and contended with a revolution that remade family life every bit as much as political institutions. Glover’s lecture will bring to life the surprising, profound connections between family and politics in the lives of the Virginians who became the principal architects of the American Republic:  George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Lorri Glover, the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University, has written several books about early American history from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth, including Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation (2007) and Founders as Fathers: Family Values and Revolutionary Politics (2014).

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Fairfax County Circuit Court
Fairfax Historic Courthouse
4000 Chain Bridge Road
“Views of—and from—Fairfax’s 1799 Courthouse”
1:00pm

Speakers will include Master of Ceremonies, Mayor Scott Silverthorne, The Hon. Dennis J. Smith, Chief Judge, Fairfax Circuit Court, The Hon. Chap Petersen, State Senator, and The Hon. Page Johnson, Commissioner of the Revenue, City of Fairfax. Also, original pages of George & Martha Washington’s Will will be on display for the public that day from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, in the Historic Courtroom. 

Hosted in conjunction with The Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax County History Commission, Friends of the Historic Fairfax Courthouse and Historic Fairfax City, Inc. (HFCI)

Friday, October 17, 2014
Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd.
Book Talk: “The Road to Black Ned’s Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier”
1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Free

Virginia Military Institute history professor Colonel N. Turk McCleskey discusses and signs his book The Road to Black Ned's Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier. Tours of Wilton House will also be available before and after the talk.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Library of Virginia
Book Talk: “The Map Thief”
Noon–1:00 PM
Free

Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for stealing maps out of books in the Yale University Library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Poe Museum
1914 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
October Unhappy Hour
“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”
6:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $5

Nobody does Halloween like the Master of the Macabre, so join Edgar and the gang for an evening in the Poe Museum's legendary Enchanted Garden for living music, performances, refreshments, games, a costume contest, and the opening of the Museum's new exhibit about Poe's mesmerizing tale "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." It's just $5 to attend the only Halloween party in real with real ghosts! Also, the Greater Richmond Archives Bunch (G.R.A.B.) will be simultaneously holding their monthly happy hour at the Poe Museum, so it will be a chance to see real live archivists outside of their natural habitat…the stacks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Library of Virginia
History of Cartography: Revolutionary War
11:00am
Lecture Hall & Conference Rooms

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society will host a fall event featuring lectures by Martin Brückner and Max Edelson on American Revolutionary War cartography. This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talks. For more information, please call 804.692.3561.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Virginia Historical Society
Investing in the Arts: Collections of Virginia Businesses
10:30am – 12:00pm
Children $17 Members $10 (Join today) Seniors $17 Adults $17

Limited parking at the VHS due to construction
Please arrive in time to find parking in the VMFA deck, in the lot behind St Mark’s Church on Colonial Avenue, or on the street.

Andy Warhol said, "being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." Remember browsing through the Best Products catalog? Dreaming of a Lane cedar chest? Shopping at Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer’s? Virginia companies have been successful at making art out of good business. Join us as we look at records from Virginia’s business history collection.

VHS staff members L. Paige Newman, Associate Archivist for Collections Processing, and Laura Stoner, Associate Archivist for Business Collections, will lead you on this tour to celebrate Archives Month.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Virginia Union University
L. Douglas Wilder Library Lecture Hall
“Telling Our Story: Voices from the Past”
11:00 a.m.

Come out and join VUU archivists and theology students as they present selected readings from Wayland Seminary and students who attended Richmond Theological Seminary. Both Wayland and Richmond Theological provided educational opportunities for newly freed slaves in 1865. The two schools merged in 1899 and construction began on the Virginia Union University campus that we know today.   This is one of the many events celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Virginia Union University. See VUU.edu for a full schedule of events.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Library of Virginia
Tours
10:00 AM–Noon

Free, but registration is required.

In honor of Archives Month in Virginia, we're offering a morning and afternoon tour of the Library on October 28. Tours are free, but limited to 20 people per tour. The morning tour runs from 10 AM until noon. The afternoon tour runs from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tours-for-archives-month-tickets-12708097261. For more information, contact Adrienne Robertson at 804.692.3001.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Virginia Historical Society
Halsey Family Lecture Hall
Richmond’s Old Stone House and Poe Museum by Rose Marie Mitchell
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Children $4 Members Free Seniors $5 Adults $6

Limited parking at the VHS due to construction
Please arrive in time to find parking in the VMFA deck, in the lot behind St Mark’s Church on Colonial Avenue, or on the street.

On October 30 at noon, Rose Marie Mitchell will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled "Richmond’s Old Stone House and Poe Museum." Even though the Old Stone House in Richmond is often called the Poe House because the legend has grown that the writer once lived in the structure, the story is not true. Poe never lived there. How then did the connection between the man and the house eventually become a reality and not just an Idea? After countless years of interest in Edgar Allan Poe and over three years of research, Rose Marie Mitchell has gathered the facts and stories to bring it all together to show how the house and the man are connected and how the Old Stone House is worthy of preservation in its own right and certainly worthy of being a memorial site for the internationally known and respected author. Rose Marie Mitchell, a member of the Poe Foundation Board, is the author of Richmond’s The Old Stone House: Its History and How It Became the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.