August 2020 Events
virtual workshop

ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE

Legacy of Slavery

TimeMonday, August 3, 2020–Tuesday, August 4, 2020
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s virtual two-day Teacher Institute. The eleventh annual Brown Teacher Institute will focus on the legacies of slavery and racism in the commonwealth, offering tools, resources, and content to aid educators in teaching these topics in the classroom. This online-only program features live presentations and Q&A sessions. Teachers will discover new digital resources and explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning.


This year's keynote event, sponsored by Virginia Humanities, will feature Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries in conversation with Chris Mathews, who teaches 4th grade in Norfolk. They will discuss Jeffries’s work with the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Hard History initiative, which has designed a framework for teaching about the subject of slavery in K–12 classrooms.


Attendance is limited to 50 teachers. Teachers must attend the entire Institute to receive a professional development certificate.


A detailed schedule will be announced soon. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt at catherine.fitzgeraldwyatt.lva.virginia.gov

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virtual presentation

IN THE GALLERY Video Premiere:

Marching for the Vote

TimeWednesday, August 5, 2020 from 1:00 PM–1:15 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Virginia suffragists marched in parades to show their support for women’s voting rights. Hear about some of their experiences in this “In the Gallery” Facebook video premiere.


Join education & outreach staff in the exhibition gallery where We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia opened earlier this year as part of the Library's centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Take a virtual field trip and learn about a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women whose fortitude paved the way for those who continue to fight for voting rights for all Virginians. Library staff members will be available to answer your questions about the exhibition in the comments section of our Education Facebook page. The video can also be viewed from the Library's main Facebook page

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AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Reconstructing Family:

Post-Emancipation Records at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, August 7, 2020 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs provides an overview of records created from 1865 to 1880 in the aftermath of the Civil War and how they may be used to find information on individuals. Topics will include the records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; the population schedule of the 1870 federal census; Constitutional Convention voting records for 1867 and 1869; personal property tax records; and African American church records and newspapers. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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virtual presentation

IN THE GALLERY Video Premiere:

A Suffrage Envoy

TimeWednesday, August 12, 2020 from 1:00 PM–1:15 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

For five weeks, twenty-three women traveled from the eastern states to the western states where women could vote to enlist their aid in supporting the federal suffrage amendment. Learn about the woman who represented Virginia in this "In the Gallery" Facebook video premiere. 


Join education & outreach staff in the exhibition gallery where We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia opened in 2020 as part of the Library's centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Take a virtual field trip and learn about a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women whose fortitude paved the way for those who continue to fight for voting rights for all Virginians. Library staff members will be available to answer your questions about the exhibition in the comments section of our Education Facebook page. The video can also be viewed from the Library's main Facebook page

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, August 12, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
PriceFree

*We regret that this event has been cancelled. For at-home volunteer opportunities, please explore our three crowdsourcing projects in the Making History section on Virginia Memory. Questions? Email makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.* 


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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, August 12, 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 Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (a 2020 People’s Choice Fiction finalist). In September we'll discuss Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom.


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 Technology Upgrade

TimeTuesday, August 18, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, for a building-wide technology upgrade. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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17TH ANNUAL VOORHEES VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

The First American Coloring Books: Theodore de Bry's Grand Voyages, 1590–1602

TimeWednesday, August 19, 2020 from 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Explorations of the Albemarle Sound region and the first English settlements of the Roanoke Islands in the 1580s are the topic of the 17th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography—this year presented as a series of virtual events featuring speakers Dr. Larry Tise, journalist Andrew Lawler, and Library of Virginia senior map archivist Cassandra Britt Farrell.


Please join us online for a talk by author and historian Dr. Larry Tise on The First American Coloring Books: Theodore de Bry’s Grant Voyages, 1590–1602. Tise's presentation focuses on de Bry's copperplate engravings, lavishly illustrated exploration narratives that instantly became iconic images instructing even our current concept of Native Americans. His folio-sized books invited Europe’s artists to use their imaginations in applying colors. Tise, a private practice historian in Philadelphia, was a Wilbur and Orville Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University (2000–2015).


This series is hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society. Registrants will receive an email with a link to participate in the virtual event, which will launch at 7:00 PM. For more information or to become a member of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.


The series continues on September 23, when Andrew Lawler presents Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched—And Nearly Sank—English Colonization of the New World.  


Note: Questions for the speaker can be entered through the registration link.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, August 29, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
PriceFree

*We regret that this event has been cancelled. For at-home volunteer opportunities, please explore our three crowdsourcing projects in the Making History section on Virginia Memory. Questions? Email makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.*


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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Unfinished Business

TimeMonday, February 24, 2020–Wednesday, March 31, 2021
LocationSecond Floor
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 on the Library of Virginia’s second floor, 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 March 31, 2021, in the Exhibition Gallery.

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We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Wednesday, March 31, 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

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled at Culpeper County Library

TimeMonday, July 6, 2020–Saturday, August 15, 2020
LocationCulpeper County 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.

Full Itinerary

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center

TimeMonday, July 6, 2020–Saturday, August 15, 2020
LocationFairfax Museum & Visitors Center
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 Henrico County Public Library (Varina)

TimeMonday, July 13, 2020–Saturday, August 22, 2020
LocationHenrico County Public Library (Varina)
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 Augusta County Public Library

TimeMonday, June 15, 2020–Saturday, September 5, 2020
LocationAugusta 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. 

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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Lynchburg Museum

TimeMonday, August 17, 2020–Saturday, September 26, 2020
LocationLynchburg Museum
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 Ormond Stone Middle School in Centreville

TimeMonday, August 24, 2020–Saturday, October 3, 2020
LocationOrmond Stone Middle School (Centreville)
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 Portsmouth Public Library (Churchland Branch)

TimeMonday, August 31, 2020–Saturday, October 10, 2020
LocationPortsmouth Public Library (Churchland Branch)
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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