December 2019 Events
lecture

VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK

Eliza House Trist & Thomas Jefferson:

A Friendship and a Woman’s Journal of Westward Exploration 

TimeWednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Karen A. Chase, an independent author and scholar, for a talk revealing the life and writings of Elizabeth House Trist, the often-overlooked American woman who traveled westward in 1783, two decades before the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. Friend to Thomas Jefferson, Trist is one of two women featured in Chase’s narrative nonfiction project entitled Eliza! Eliza! Just months after the end of the Revolutionary War, Trist journeyed west and south to join her husband in Natchez, Louisiana, journal in hand. She kept the diary at the behest of Thomas Jefferson, her contemporary and confidant. An examination of Trist’s travel journal entries, objects, and letters, offers a glimpse into her personal relationship with Jefferson and other well-known founders. A female figure previously sidelined to the role of spectator, Trist’s words bring her forward as a willing and lively participant in the expansion of America.


Chase is the author of Carrying Independence, a historical novel about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the first in the three-part Founding-Documents Series, and a Daughter of the American Revolution. A partnership between the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities allows researchers to examine in-depth the Library’s vast manuscript resources during their stay as scholars in residence.


For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

symposium

SHOCKOE BOTTOM PUBLIC HISTORY SYMPOSIUM 

Truth and Conciliation in the 400th Year

TimeSaturday, December 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

The Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will host Truth & Conciliation in the 400th Year: A Shockoe Bottom Public History Symposium at the Library of Virginia. With panel discussions and cultural presentations, this all-day symposium will examine the history of Africans and people of African descent in Virginia from their earliest days to the present and the vital role that Shockoe Bottom has played in that history.


This nationally significant event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Library of Virginia, and will also present resources the Library has available for African American academic topics, family history researchers, and the general public.


Our goal is to make crystal-clear the historical importance of Shockoe Bottom; its tremendous potential for education, reparations, and conciliation; and the great crime that would be committed if its physical presence were lost to inappropriate development.


A centerpiece of the symposium will be presenting the community-generated proposal for a nine-acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park proposal as it has evolved over the past four years, highlighting the potential economic, social, and cultural benefits for the city as a whole, and particularly for today’s Black community.


Boxed lunches will be available to order until November 29, 2019. Sign up through your eventbrite registration.


 For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, December 11, 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, December 11, 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 Let's No One Get Hurt, by Jon Pineda (a fiction finalist for the 2019 Literary Awards) and pick up January's book, Bearskin by James McLauglin (a fiction finalist for the 2019 LVA Literary Awards). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeWednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a public program featuring documentary film screenings and moderated discussions designed to encourage an informed dialogue around immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history. Hosted in Richmond at the Library of Virginia with discussions led by staff from VCU Globe (Virginia Commonwealth University's Global Education Office).


December 11's screening is The New Americans, with discussion led by VCU Globe's Christina Marino. Becoming American is designed to engage and enlighten audiences by screening documentary films that represent a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and the present. For more information, contact Emma Ito via emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.


Becoming American is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience. The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.


This event complements the Library's current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, presented by the Library and Virginia Humanities, a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. 

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closing

Closed for the Christmas Holidays

TimeTuesday, December 24, 2019–Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Library of Virginia will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. In addition, the State Records Center Reading Room will be closed on Thursday, December 26.

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
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.

exhibition

A Culture to Care:

The History of Filipino Nurses in Virginia 

TimeThursday, October 17, 2019–Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location2nd Floor, East Reading Room
PriceFree

In conjunction with our exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, which examines the state's increasing diversity, the Library hosts this exhibition from the University of Virginia’s Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry. Ren Capucao, a PhD nursing student at the UVA, wondered why so many Filipinos were nurses. Based on his dissertation research with support from Virginia Humanities, the Philippine Nurses Association of Virginia, and the Bjoring Center, A Culture to Care tells the fascinating intertwined histories of the Philippines and the United States through the perspective of nursing, which dates back to the early 20th century and American imperialism. Since the 1970s, Filipinos have become the largest group of internationally educated nurses practicing in the United States. The exhibition provides insight into the Filipino diaspora and contemporary issues surrounding the interplay of race, migration, and healthcare.

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Virginia Women in History

at Pamunkey Regional Library (King and Queen County)

TimeMonday, October 28, 2019–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationPamunkey Regional Library (King and Queen County)
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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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Powhatan County Public Library

TimeMonday, November 4, 2019–Saturday, December 14, 2019
LocationPowhatan County Public 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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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at James Madison University Libraries

TimeMonday, November 4, 2019–Saturday, December 14, 2019
LocationJames Madison University Libraries
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 Waynesboro Public Library

TimeMonday, November 11, 2019–Saturday, December 21, 2019
LocationWaynesboro Public 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 Augusta County Public Library (Fishersville)

TimeMonday, November 11, 2019–Saturday, December 21, 2019
LocationAugusta County Public Library (Fishersville)
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 Handley Regional Library

TimeMonday, December 9, 2019–Saturday, January 18, 2020
LocationHandley Regional 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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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at the Fairfax Museum

TimeMonday, December 16, 2019–Saturday, January 25, 2020
LocationFairfax Museum
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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True Sons of Freedom

at Mecklenburg County Public Library

TimeMonday, December 9, 2019–Saturday, March 7, 2020
LocationMecklenburg 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.

Full Itinerary
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