November 2021 Events
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Closed for Election Day Holiday

TimeTuesday, November 2, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

lecture

21st Annual Slatten Lecture Featuring Victor Dunn, Certified Genealogist

TimeSaturday, November 6, 2021 from 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$50 ($35 for Friends of the Virginia State Archives members) includes a box lunch

Victor “Vic” Dunn, a board-certified genealogist who specializes in Virginia and West Virginia research, is this year’s speaker at the 21st Annual Slatten Lecture presented by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives at the Library of Virginia. Dunn’s extensive research experience is the basis for four presentations:

• Newspaper Research – More than Deaths and Marriages 

• Out of State, Out of Mind? Finding the Answers in Virginia’s Neighbor’s Records

• Magic in Manuscripts and Business Records

• Land Platting and DeedMapper


For your safety and that of others, please bring and wear a face mask. The deadline for preregistration has been extended to November 2, 2021. For more information, contact Anne Taylor Brown at 804.741.0136, email SlattenLecture2021@gmail.com, or visit friendsvirginiaarchives.org.

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book talk

Book Break with VIRGINIA C. JOHNSON

Virginia Honey: A Sweet History

TimeTuesday, November 9, 2021 from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree. Registration suggested.

Press pause during the mid-week rush to join a local author at the Library of Virginia for a book talk, casual conversation, and book signing. Presented by the Virginia Shop, the Book Break series offers the opportunity to connect book lovers to new titles and local authors. Reading the book beforehand is encouraged, but never required—just bring your curiosity and a desire to meet new people.


Honeybees have been a part of Virginia’s history since they arrived with the first European colonists. They were Jamestown’s valuable addition and a Civil War soldier’s sweet if painful temptation, and they served as home-front heroes when the world wars caused sugar shortages. In recent years, mead has seen a resurgence along with beekeeping and has claimed a place as a craft beverage in the commonwealth. In Virginia Honey: A Sweet History, author Virginia C. Johnson hunts escaped swarms flying wild in the forests, visits modern-day observation hives, and follows the mead path across the commonwealth for a taste of history.

 

For more information, please call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or email shop@thevirginiashop.org

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, November 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room or Online
PriceFree

Beginning this fall, our meetings will be hybrid—you can join in person at the Library or online through Zoom. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the Zoom link or the phone number below:


Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/93740664507?pwd=aUc4cXoyeGxFZW5YbXdudzBXVU12dz09

Meeting ID: 937 4066 4507

Passcode: 469804


One tap mobile

+13017158592,,93740664507#,,,,*469804# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeAihCyrav


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—including books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join a book group discussion either in person or online. This month, we'll discuss Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (a fiction finalist for the 2021 People’s Choice Award).


Next month, we'll discuss The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse (the nonfiction winner of the 2021 People’s Choice Award).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

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Closed for Veterans Day Holiday

TimeThursday, November 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Closed for VCU Health Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond

TimeSaturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

book talk

Book Break with BILL DRAPER

A Photographic Journey through the James River Park System

TimeMonday, November 15, 2021 from 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree. Registration suggested.

Press pause during the mid-week rush to join a local author at the Library of Virginia for a book talk, casual conversation, and book signing. Presented by the Virginia Shop, the Book Break series offers the opportunity to connect book lovers to new titles and local authors. Reading the book beforehand is encouraged, but never required—just bring your curiosity and a desire to meet new people.


Join us for a fascinating talk as photographer and author Bill Draper explains the images, experiences, and knowledge of Richmond’s most distinctive urban oasis featured in his book A Photographic Journey through the James River Park System. This special collection is a testament to his appreciation of Richmond’s most distinctive urban oasis. These diverse views of the park and the Richmond skyline were captured on and off the beaten path in all four seasons, from vantage points that are not always seen by the everyday park visitor.  


For more information, please call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or email shop@thevirginiashop.org.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, November 16, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.


Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took On Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever by Charlene Butts Ligon. Next month, we'll discuss Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend by Scott Reynolds Nelson. Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


Please check out our monthly Common Ground Book Group post on the UncommonWealth blog to view LVA collection items and other resources for each month's book choice. For more information, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT: ALEXIS COE

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

TimeWednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline – This is a change
PriceFree

PLEASE NOTE: Due to travel constraints, we are shifting this event from in person to virtual. Please register to receive a reminder email with the Zoom link prior to the event.


Please join us for a talk by historian and New York Times best-selling author Alexis Coe on her book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, which takes a closer look at our first president and finds he is not quite the man we remember. Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down—even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency—twice. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty confronted his greatest hypocrisy—what to do with the men, women, and children he owned—before he succumbed to death. Coe’s form-shattering book combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every word.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book is available online from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov

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workshop

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, November 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

***Due to numerous requests for our genealogy workshops to remain virtual with concerns stemming from COVID-19, the Library has decided to convert our in-person genealogy workshops back to virtual events for the remainder of 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience. Dates and registrations will remain the same.***


Back by popular demand! Library of Virginia archivist Amanda Morell and reference services librarian Becky Schneider introduce you to the types of records in the Library’s collections to help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. We encourage you to view the resources available on our Family History Playlist on YouTube before attending the workshop. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, November 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.


Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

Making History: Transcribe

From the Page: WWI Questionnaires

Virginia Chronicle


After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.


Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

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Closing at noon on November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

TimeWednesday, November 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

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Closed from noon on November 24 through November 27 for Thanksgiving holiday

TimeThursday, November 25, 2021–Saturday, November 27, 2021

exhibition

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community

TimeTuesday, August 31, 2021–Saturday, January 8, 2022
LocationLibrary of Virginia Exhibition Gallery
PriceFree

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community, a unique exhibition of photographs at the Library of Virginia, celebrates the extraordinary cultural diversity found within a single community in Northern Virginia. Columbia Pike originated in the 19th century as a toll road connecting rural Virginia with the nation's capital. Today, the Columbia Pike corridor is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation, and possibly in the world. More than 130 languages are spoken in Arlington County, with the densest concentration along the Pike. Unlike in many parts of the world, or even in our own country, however, the stunningly diverse group of people—representing every continent—who live and work there do so in relative harmony. 


Columbia Pike Documentary Project photographers, whose personal connections to the community allowed them to capture the strength, pride, resilience, elegance, and beauty of so many overlapping cultures, created the works on view. More than 70 of the thousands of photographs transferred to the Library of Virginia’s collections this spring will be highlighted in Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community. The exhibition will also include information about the neighborhood, the residents, and the photographers themselves. As the nation seems more divided than ever, this collection shows how one community is making diversity work.

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community

TimeTuesday, August 31, 2021–Saturday, January 8, 2022
LocationLibrary of Virginia Exhibition Gallery
PriceFree

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community, a unique exhibition of photographs at the Library of Virginia, celebrates the extraordinary cultural diversity found within a single community in Northern Virginia. Columbia Pike originated in the 19th century as a toll road connecting rural Virginia with the nation's capital. Today, the Columbia Pike corridor is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation, and possibly in the world. More than 130 languages are spoken in Arlington County, with the densest concentration along the Pike. Unlike in many parts of the world, or even in our own country, however, the stunningly diverse group of people—representing every continent—who live and work there do so in relative harmony. 


Columbia Pike Documentary Project photographers, whose personal connections to the community allowed them to capture the strength, pride, resilience, elegance, and beauty of so many overlapping cultures, created the works on view. More than 70 of the thousands of photographs transferred to the Library of Virginia’s collections this spring will be highlighted in Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community. The exhibition will also include information about the neighborhood, the residents, and the photographers themselves. As the nation seems more divided than ever, this collection shows how one community is making diversity work.

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