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Virginia Archives Month October 2015

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Virginia Archives Month October 2015
Archival Treasures: Find Your Hidden Gem! This Archives Month in Virginia, we celebrate all of those glorious, unexpected discoveries, found and waiting-to-be-found, in archives and special collections all across the Commonwealth. We’ll revel in those unexpected, transformative manuscripts, film or audio clips, photographs, or artifacts that connect the genealogical dots, validate a research thesis, or open up new avenues of historical and cultural knowledge.
Again this year, we are using Flickr to display and share the images submitted by Virginia institutions.

Please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/133047375@N06/albums/72157655884332528 to view this year’s images.

Please enjoy and share the Archives Month poster, created from images submitted by archives and manuscript repositories from across the state, the poster highlights Virginians' rich historical and cultural traditions. Additionally, Governor McAuliffe's Certificate of Recognition is available in PDF format for download.

We also welcome you to explore your Virginia cultural heritage by delving into an archives collection near you during the month of October. Numerous programs, lectures, and tours 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 can “unearth” for your reading and viewing pleasure. You just might find a real gem!


Virginia Archives Month Events:

Monday, July 06, 2015—Saturday, March 26, 2016
Library of Virginia
Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Free admission


Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Meherrin Regional Library, Lawrenceville, VA
Library to Celebrate 75 Years
4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Free admission

The Meherrin Regional Library System is pleased to announce the 75th anniversary of the Brunswick
County Library. Opening in 1940, the Brunswick County Library has faithfully provided decades of information, literature, services, programs, and more to local residents and visiting researchers. In honor of this momentous occasion the Brunswick County Library
will host a special celebration Wednesday, Oct. 7. The day will include patron appreciation, memory lane displays, and featured art by William Ward Moseley. A special gathering of friends from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for food and fellowship will highlight the day.

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at (434) 848-2418 ext. 301 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meherrinregionallibrary.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Richmond Times-Dispatch
300 E. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23219
Stories to Tell: Exploring Richmond’s Archives
11 AM - 2 PM
Free admission

Doing some genealogical research, looking for an obituary, writing a book, a paper or a thesis,
or just interested in local history? Our (Richmond Times Dispatch) 59th Public Square will help you learn how to access a treasure trove of history going back hundreds of years. As we celebrate National Newspaper Week and National Archives Month, we’ll tell
you about the extensive archives of The Times-Dispatch, and you’ll hear from some of the country’s best sources of history: The Valentine, the Virginia Historical Society, the Library of Virginia, VCU Special Collections and the University of Richmond Special
Collections.

After the formal presentation, from 11 a.m. till noon, we’ll hold a two-hour archive fair in our
lobby.

So bring your questions. We’ll have plenty of experts who can answer them.

Parking will be available in The Times-Dispatch’s Third Street deck.

Friday, October 9, 2015
VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library

"Edith Cavell: 'A Nurse Who Did Her Duty'" Exhibit Opening Reception
5:30-7:30 PM
Free admission


In October 1915, Edith Cavell, an English nurse working at a Brussels medical school was executed by the Germans for sheltering British soldiers. Her execution caused an international uproar and media frenzy, and she quickly became an icon of the war effort and the nursing profession. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Nurse Cavell's martyrdom, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences proudly presents an exhibit of postcards pertaining to Nurse Cavell from the collection of Kay Seidenberg, a long-time Friend of VCU Libraries donor, as well as a graduate of the VCU School of Nursing.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives reading room at Tompkins-McCaw Library. Refreshments will be served, and there will be remarks at 6 p.m. Please visit our website for additional information.


Monday, October 19, 2015
Library of Virginia
Archives Month Tour
10 AM–Noon
Free admission, registration required


Come to the Library of Virginia for a special “treasure hunt” tour.Explore some of the Library's many unique treasures, from newspapers and private papers to local and state records and special collections. Registration required. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tour-archives-month-at-the-library-of-virginia-tickets-18053613845 Tour repeats at 2:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Library of Virginia

Restructuring the American Family
Noon–1:00 PM
Free admission


Before 1865, Virginia law refused to recognize the relationships of enslaved couples. Emancipation, however, permitted formerly enslaved people to reconnect, if not reunite, with family members. Local records archivist Greg Crawford will share stories found in the Library of Virginia's collections of African Americans seeking to rebuild their families following emancipation. He will also discuss resources offered by the Library to access these stories. This talk complements Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.


Monday, October 19, 2015
Library of Virginia
Archives Month Tour
10 AM–Noon
Free admission, registration required


Come to the Library of Virginia for a special “treasure hunt” tour.Explore some of the Library's many unique treasures, from newspapers and private papers to local and state records and special collections. Registration required. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tour-archives-month-at-the-library-of-virginia-tickets-18053613845 Tour repeats at 2:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Open House, Norfolk Southern Historical Collection
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Free admission

See everything from menus and maps to Samuel Spencer's watch. Also during the
month of October, e-posters will be displayed throughout the corporate headquarters featuring images from the archives collection.
A new exhibit in the Norfolk Southern museum will highlight the contributions of women to railroad history.
If you're unable to attend, follow us on Facebook because our Throwback Thursdays will continue to highlight the company’s history.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Poe Museum, Richmond, VA
G.R.A.B. meetup at the October UNhappy Hour
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$5 admission

This one is for the archivists and the people that love them! Join G.R.A.B. (Greater Richmond Archives
Bunch) at the Poe Museum for the October UNhappy hour. This is a chance for archivists and archival enthusiasts to meet, relax, and have a little fun in the Museum’s Enchanted Garden. It will feature live music by Connor Wood, a cash bar, food, and performances.
Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required. Visit the Poe Museum website for more information:
https://www.poemuseum.org/events.php