July 2019 Events
closing

Closed for Independence Day

TimeThursday, July 4, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019


volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, July 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, July 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. This month, discuss Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift (a nonfiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards), and pick up August's book. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

workshop

AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

TimeFriday, July 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 12 AND HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 19

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library's collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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workshop

LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA WORKSHOP AT YORKTOWN

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870 

TimeFriday, July 26, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationAmerican Revolution Museum, Classrooms A & B, 200 Water Street, Yorktown
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members & Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Annual Fund members)

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War with the Library of Virginia. Hosted by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as part of its ongoing “Preserving Your Family History” workshop series in partnership with the Library of Virginia, library reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library of Virginia’s collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records, in addition to selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. A separate ticket is required to attend this workshop. To learn more, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/forgotten-soldier/workshop-series/. 

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, July 27, 2019 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Casa Lápiz Youth Art Exhibition

TimeSaturday, July 27, 2019–Saturday, August 3, 2019
LocationLobby
PriceFree

The Library of Virginia hosts an art exhibition featuring the results of the Casa Lápiz art program for Latino youth at Sacred Heart Center, which aims to increase access to art education, give space to bilingual/bicultural conversations, and allow students to explore issues of identity, health equity, and their roles in their community. Middle- and high-school students engage in creative conversation around cultural identities, expressed through drawing, sculpture, collage, or street art. Join us for an opening reception on Monday, July 29, 3:00–5:00 PM. The art exhibition, which runs through Saturday, August 3, during the Library’s normal business hours, complements the Library's current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov

exhibition

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

TimeMonday, December 10, 2018–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand years, ten generations, or ten weeks, we must create the future of the commonwealth together. New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and seeks to foster an honest discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience and Virginia's increasing diversity. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. The interviews reveal the complexity of the experience for people representing a wide range of personal backgrounds, experiences, ages, and countries of origin—Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. To complement the videos, the exhibition includes objects that have special meaning for the interviewees. New Virginians is a Legacy Project of the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Massanutten Regional Library

TimeMonday, May 27, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019
LocationMassanutten Regional Library
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Virginia Women in History

at Henrico County Public Library (Varina Area)

TimeMonday, May 27, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019
LocationHenrico County Public Library (Varina Area)
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Loudoun County Public Library

TimeMonday, June 24, 2019–Saturday, August 3, 2019
LocationLoudoun County Public Library
PriceFree

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled Traveling Exhibition tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and NASCAR. Supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Virginia Women in History

at Fairfax County Public Library (Martha Washington branch)

TimeMonday, June 24, 2019–Saturday, August 3, 2019
LocationFairfax County Public Library (Martha Washington branch)
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Powhatan County Public Library

TimeMonday, July 1, 2019–Saturday, August 10, 2019
LocationPowhatan County Public Library
PriceFree

Come visit the traveling version of the exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, which explores the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition is a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Williamsburg Regional Library

TimeMonday, July 1, 2019–Saturday, August 10, 2019
LocationWilliamsburg Regional Library
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Blue Ridge Regional Library (Martinsville)

TimeMonday, July 8, 2019–Saturday, August 17, 2019
LocationBlue Ridge Regional Library (Martinsville)
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Virginia Women in History

at Richmond Public Library (Main)

TimeMonday, July 8, 2019–Saturday, August 17, 2019
LocationRichmond Public Library (Main)
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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True Sons of Freedom

at Chesterfield County Public Library

TimeMonday, June 3, 2019–Saturday, August 24, 2019
LocationChesterfield County Public Library
PriceFree

Come visit the True Sons of Freedom Traveling Exhibition and explore the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.


See the online exhibition at www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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