June 2019 Events
book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: BRAD PARKS

The Last Act

TimeTuesday, June 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Kick off the summer reading season with a talk on the latest crime thriller from international best-selling author Brad Parks, part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. A former journalist with the Washington Post, Parks is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia—and the only writer to have won all three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes: the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty awards. His latest book, The Last Act, tells the story of a fading Broadway star who goes undercover for the FBI, spending months in prison acting as a failed bank robber in an attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel. If he’s successful, the FBI will give him $300,000—more than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off one final role? The novel “packs on the suspenseful surprises and plot reversals that made Parks a mainstay on the best-seller lists,” according to Library Journal. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Out of the Shadows: Little-Known Records for Virginia Genealogy

TimeFriday, June 7, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivists Tom Crew and Jennifer Huff will discuss a variety of records that are often overlooked when doing family history research, such as Virginia penitentiary records, Prohibition Commission records, state mental hospital records, court order books, business records, and militia commission records. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, June 12, 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 Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, by Donna M. Lucey (2018’s Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award winner), and pick up July's book, Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, June 12, 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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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, June 29, 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

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

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Norfolk Public Library (Slover)

TimeSunday, May 12, 2019–Saturday, June 22, 2019
LocationNorfolk Public Library (Slover)
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 Bristol Public Library

TimeMonday, May 13, 2019–Saturday, June 22, 2019
LocationBristol Public Library
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 Alexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)

TimeMonday, May 20, 2019–Saturday, June 29, 2019
LocationAlexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)
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 Staunton Public Library

TimeMonday, May 20, 2019–Saturday, June 29, 2019
LocationStaunton 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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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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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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