March 2019 Events
book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: ZACHARY WOOD

Uncensored:

My Life & Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black & White America

TimeTuesday, March 5, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the first event of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. Zachary R. Wood, a columnist and assistant opinion editor at The Guardian and a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, will discuss his powerful memoir, Uncensored, which offers his perspective on free speech, race, and dissenting opinions. Wood grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, where the only way to survive was resisting the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing—from a difficult early childhood to the struggles of code-switching between his home and his elite private school—Wood makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others and presents a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, March 13, 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 Fire Is Your Water by Jim Minick (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist). For April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll each pick a poem by one of the LVA Literary Award–winning poets to share and discuss (a list will be provided at the March meeting). 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, March 13, 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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lecture

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE TALK: The Germ of a Book

TimeTuesday, March 19, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Do you have the germ of a great book idea? Did you stumble upon a news brief that captivates you? Maybe you've uncovered a family history that feels important or found something in the stacks you keep thinking about. Library of Virginia writer-in-residence Kristen Green, author of the New York Times best seller Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County—with assistance from Ginny Dunn, the Library's Archives and Library Reference Services manager—will explain how to take that morsel and use it to build a broader story through deep reading, research, and interviews. Green will provide examples of materials available from the Library of Virginia’s collections and from online resources to add details and texture to build a richer narrative. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

book talk

BOOK TALK WITH MEGAN TAYLOR SHOCKLEY

Creating a Progressive Commonwealth:

Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s

TimeWednesday, March 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

In honor of National Women's History Month, author Megan Taylor Shockley will speak about her new book, Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s. This innovative study illustrates how feminists in the state challenged the traditional patriarchal system and engaged directly with the legislature through grassroots educational efforts on three major initiatives: passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, protection of abortion rights, and pursuit of legal and social rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Shockley challenges the monolithic view of the region as a conservative bastion and argues that feminist advocates have provided crucial social progressive force. A research professor of history at Clemson University, Shockley, is also the coauthor of Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries, published by the Library of Virginia. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

lecture

A Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry

TimeWednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
Price$10 (Free for Semper Virginia Society members)

Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, joins us to discuss genealogy, family history, and her new book. The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help genealogists navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, and sometimes exhilarating waters of finding ancestors. Topics include how and where to begin, what records are available online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story, and—of course—DNA discoveries. Berry is a professional genealogist, lecturer, writer, and attorney whose career spans 20 years of data collection, in-depth genealogical research, and historical content in the discipline of genealogy. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at  ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.


Due to the popularity of this program, please inform us at least 48 hours in advance of the event if you require a refund.  

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conference

Straight to the Source: An Introduction to Research Using the Collections at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, March 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM–3:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$50 ($35 for member of the Friends of the Virginia State Archives) and includes a box lunch.

In cooperation with the Library of Virginia, the Friends of the Virginia State Archives present their annual Spring Conference featuring presentations by the professional Library staff about the collections at the Library of Virginia. Pre-registration is required by March 25, 2019. Attendance is limited. Learn more at friendsvirginiaarchives.org or email straight.to.the.source@gmail.com.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, March 30, 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

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Shenandoah County Library

TimeMonday, January 28, 2019–Saturday, March 2, 2019
LocationShenandoah County 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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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Pittsylvania County Public Library

TimeMonday, February 18, 2019–Saturday, March 30, 2019
LocationPittsylvania 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 Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, March 1, 2019–Saturday, March 30, 2019
LocationLibrary of Virginia
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 Radford Public Library

TimeMonday, February 25, 2019–Saturday, April 6, 2019
LocationRadford 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 Alexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, April 13, 2019
LocationAlexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)
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 Central Community Library (Prince William Public Library System)

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, April 13, 2019
LocationCentral Community Library (Prince William Public Library System)
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 Barrier Island Art Center

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, May 25, 2019
LocationBarrier Island Art Center
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. 


To see the online exhibition, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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