November 2020 Events
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Closed for Election Day

TimeTuesday, November 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Closed for Veterans Day   

TimeWednesday, November 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, November 11, 2020 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationVirtual Meeting
PriceFree

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:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu 


Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


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 Slay Like a Mother by Katherine Wintsch (a 2020 People’s Choice Nonfiction finalist). In December we'll discuss The Substitution Order by Martin Clark.


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 also 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 VCU Health Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond

TimeSaturday, November 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

panel discussion

Collecting Rights

TimeWednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM–11:30 AM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Travel across the country and behind the scenes of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums with staff members from George Mason’s Gunston Hall as they discover rare collections objects that relate to Mason’s legacy of advocating for rights. This ongoing program, streaming on Facebook Live, starts in the archives at the Library of Virginia, where we’ll see some original documents written by Mason himself. Join Samantha Dorsey, curator of collections at Gunston Hall, and Brent Tarter from the Library of Virginia for an online discussion about these relics.


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virtual workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Finding Her: Our Female Ancestors

TimeFriday, November 20, 2020 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Melissa Tennant, assistant manager of the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, leads this workshop focused on finding female ancestors. Though our female ancestors may be elusive, by understanding their roles in other people’s lives and community, we can find a variety of records documenting their lives. This workshop complements the Library’s exhibition We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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volunteer opportunity

RESEARCH SPRINT

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

TimeSaturday, November 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Volunteer to help uncover history with us! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Library of Virginia offers three virtual “research sprints” into our newspaper collection.


By identifying Holocaust-related articles in Virginia newspapers, we will begin to understand what the average Virginian could have known during WWII. Orientation to History Unfolded will be provided by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum staff members. Local Virginia historical context will be given by the Virginia Holocaust Museum, with an introduction to accessing historic newspapers online from Library of Virginia staff members. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call HandsOn Greater Richmond at 804.330.7400.

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Closed from noon on November 25 through November 28 for Thanksgiving holiday

TimeWednesday, November 25, 2020–Saturday, November 28, 2020

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Unfinished Business

TimeMonday, February 24, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationLobby
PriceFree

Extending the right to vote to women in 1920 was a milestone in American history. But much work remained to ensure that all citizens had a fair and equal voice in governing the country and shaping its policies. Unfinished Business, a series of panel displays near the Exhibition Gallery, explores the fundamental question of citizenship through obstacles that limited suffrage to some Americans, including the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), extending citizenship to America’s indigenous peoples, eliminating the poll tax and literacy tests, and the continuing advocacy for restoration of rights to felons. This exhibition complements We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, running through May 28, 2021, in the Exhibition Gallery.

exhibition

We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationExhibition Gallery and Lobby
PriceFree

This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote. The story of Virginia's suffragists and their contributions to the fight for woman suffrage is little known. We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote. Virginia suffragists were a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women who have largely been forgotten. They were artists and writers, business and professional women, and educators and reformers who marched in parades, rallied at the state capitol, spoke to crowds on street corners, staffed booths at state and county fairs, lobbied legislators and congressmen, picketed the White House, and even went to jail. At the centenary of woman suffrage, these remarkable women are at last recognized for their important achievements and contributions.


Items on display include suffrage postcards and memorabilia such as pinback buttons and badges, as well as banners from the Virginia branch of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, photographs, and film footage. This exhibition is a project of the Task Force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. 

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Slover Library (Norfolk)

TimeMonday, September 28, 2020–Saturday, November 7, 2020
LocationSlover Library (Norfolk)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 Matoaca High School (Chesterfield)

TimeMonday, October 5, 2020–Saturday, November 14, 2020
LocationMatoaca High School (Chesterfield)
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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Henrico County Public Library (Varina)

TimeMonday, October 12, 2020–Saturday, November 21, 2020
LocationHenrico County Public Library (Varina)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Galax-Carroll Regional Library

TimeMonday, November 9, 2020–Saturday, December 19, 2020
LocationGalax-Carroll Regional Library
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond at Handley Regional Library (Stephens City)

TimeMonday, November 16, 2020–Saturday, December 26, 2020
LocationHandley Regional Library (Stephens City)
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.

Full Itinerary

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Pamunkey Regional Library (Mechanicsville)

TimeMonday, November 23, 2020–Saturday, January 2, 2021
LocationPamunkey Regional Library (Mechanicsville)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary
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