June 2021 Events
book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, June 9, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:

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Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington's Mother by Craig Shirley (2020 People’s Choice Nonfiction Award winner).

In July, we'll discuss Oregon Hill by Virginia author Howard Owen.

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.

book talk


Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community

TimeThursday, June 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Please join us for an online talk by author and historian Dr. Vanessa M. Holden on her book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community. This bold challenge to traditional accounts sheds new light on the places and people surrounding America’s most famous rebellion against slavery. The 1831 Southampton Rebellion led by Nat Turner involved an entire community. Dr. Holden rediscovers the women and children, free and enslaved, who lived in Southampton County before, during, and after the revolt. Mapping the region's multilayered human geography, she draws a fuller picture of the inhabitants, revealing not only their interactions with physical locations but also their social relationships in space and time. Her analysis recasts the Southampton Rebellion as one event that reveals the continuum of practices that sustained resistance and survival among local Black people. To pre-order a copy of the book, sign up here.

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. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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African American Migration

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

During this workshop, Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs will provide an overview of the types of records in the Library of Virginia’s holdings that track free and enslaved Americans involved with the international and domestic slavery trade, as well as other migrations within Virginia, including those resulting from voluntary relocations and the settlement of enslavers' estates. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, June 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar (2018). In July, we are taking a little summer break. Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.

We invite attendees to sign up for our monthly email list. Get meeting reminders as well as unique historical resources from the Library's collections selected to accompany upcoming discussions. To sign up for the list or request more information about this event, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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Closed for Juneteenth Holiday

TimeFriday, June 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

panel discussion

TimeWednesday, June 23, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:15 PM
PriceFree, but registration required.

In partnership with the Library of Virginia and The JXN Project, RPL is pleased to present The JXN Project Summer Lecture Series. The JXN Project's co-creators, Enjoli Moon and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon, seek to recontextualize and more accurately capture the role of Richmond, Virginia and Jackson Ward in the Black American experience. Through a year-long celebration of Jackson Ward's 150th anniversary, a set of initiatives to rename the ward's streets after former residents, and a push to increase Black representation in Richmond's historical preservation bodies, The JXN Project will partner with community stakeholders to build a Richmond that honors Black excellence.

In this third lecture in a six-part series, Gary Flowers will moderate a discussion between panelists Dr. Carmen Foster (the Foster family), Maurice Hopkins (the Maggie L. Walker High School Alumni Association), and Liza Mickens (the Maggie Walker family). They will explore the arch of Jackson Ward through the lens of its past as "Little Africa," its prime as "Black Wall Street" and "Harlem of the South," and its present as the "Historic Jackson Ward District" and "North Jackson," with artifacts and anecdotes from multigenerational Jackson Wardians.

The public is invited to attend these lectures, comment, and become part of the process of this historic justice initiative.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, June 26, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

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):

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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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions

Four Virginia Constitutions on Display

TimeTuesday, June 29, 2021–Thursday, July 1, 2021
LocationPre-function Hall

Don’t miss your chance to see original copies of four of Virginia’s constitutions. In honor of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Virginia Constitution of 1971 on July 1, Virginia’s Constitutions of 1776, 1869, 1902, and 1971 will be on display for public viewing for three days. The Library of Virginia is the institutional home of Virginia’s constitutions. The 1971 version, which is the commonwealth’s current document, replaced a regressive constitution that had been in place since 1902 and marked an important step forward for all Virginians. The Library is joining with others across the state this year in engaging Virginians in thoughtful reflection about our constitution and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to join the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century. For information about related events and online resources, click on the button below.

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