November 2019 Events
lecture

FRY-JEFFERSON MAP SOCIETY FALL LECTURE

Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps

TimeSaturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree, but registration required

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts this presentation by Mark A. Olinger, director of the Department of Planning and Development Review for the City of Richmond, about the history of city planning in Richmond and how it relates to current efforts to improve the city. This talk coincides with the Library’s recent acquisition of a collection of fascinating historical planning charts and maps from the archives of City Hall. A few items from the collection will be on display during the event. For more information on this event or membership, contact Dawn Greggs at dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

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book talk

BOOK TALK WITH JEFFREY L. HANTMAN 

Monacan Millennium:

A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People

TimeWednesday, November 6, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, author and professor of anthropology Jeffrey L. Hantman joins us to discuss his book Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People. While Jamestown and colonial settlements dominate narratives of Virginia’s earliest days, the land’s oldest history belongs to its native people. Hantman’s book tells the story of the Monacan Indian people of Virginia, stretching from 1000 AD through the moment of colonial contact in 1607 and into the present, revealing a group whose ritual practices bespeak centuries of politically and culturally dynamic history. By examining representations of the tribe in colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary texts, Hantman fosters a dynamic, unfolding understanding of who the Monacan people were and are. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov. 

panel discussion

NEW VIRGINIANS

A Conversation with Deepak Singh & Seyoum Berhe

TimeThursday, November 7, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for a conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia with author Deepak Singh and refugee resettlement coordinator Seyoum Berhe in connection with our exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond. Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia in his book How May I Help You? An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage, a reminder that the stories of low-wage employees can bring candor and humanity to debates about work, race, and immigration. Berhe, who came to the United States from Ethiopia during a time of political unrest to attend college, has worked in the field of refugee resettlement for the past 25 years. He is currently the state refugee resettlement coordinator with Virginia's Office of Newcomer Services. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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Closed for Veterans Day

TimeMonday, November 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, November 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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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, November 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 Yellow Stonefly, by Tim Poland (a fiction finalist for the 2019 Literary Awards) and pick up December's book, Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda (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, November 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Room C
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).


November 13's screening is Welcome to Shelbyville, with discussion led by VCU Globe's Barbara Ingber. 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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workshop

WRITING & CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP

Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library’s Collections 

TimeWednesday, November 13, 2019 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$20 ($15 for Library members & students)

Time-travel to a 1913 Italian community in Richmond by opening a time capsule they assembled. Feel the persuasive tug of an 1887 pamphlet enticing immigrants to choose Virginia. In conjunction with the Library’s exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, connect with stories from past and present Virginia immigrants by interacting with objects they carried with them or created after they arrived—from cookbooks and musical instruments to architectural drawings. Join poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat to discover sparks for stories, memoir, or poetry in fascinating artifacts. Emerging and experienced writers welcome. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.  

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: MICHAEL W. TWITTY 

The Cooking Gene:

A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

TimeThursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Author Michael W. Twitty joins us to discuss his award-winning book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. A renowned culinary historian, he offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the southern past—and that food has the power to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together. The program begins at 5:30 PM with a light reception. The talk begins at 6:00 PM, with a book signing to follow. The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov. 

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, November 15, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivists Amanda Morrell and Jennifer Huff introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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Closed for VCU Health Richmond Marathon

TimeSaturday, November 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Closed for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond!

book talk

BOOK TALK WITH SUSAN SCHULTEN

A History of America in 100 Maps 

TimeTuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join author and historian Susan Schulten for a talk on her latest book, A History of America in 100 Maps. Throughout its history, America has been defined through maps. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, to encourage settlement or to investigate disease, maps invest information with meaning by translating it into visual form. They capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such they offer unrivaled windows onto the past. In this book, Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age. Some of these maps were made by established cartographers, while others were made by unknown individuals such as Cherokee tribal leaders, soldiers on the front, and the first generation of girls to be formally educated. Some were tools of statecraft and diplomacy, and others were instruments of social reform or even advertising and entertainment. But when considered together, they demonstrate the many ways that maps both reflect and influence historical change. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. To purchase or pre-order a copy of the bookvisit https://bit.ly/2l2mchx or call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, November 23, 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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Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

TimeWednesday, November 27, 2019–Saturday, November 30, 2019

Closed from noon on November 27 through November 30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Massanutten Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 23, 2019–Saturday, November 2, 2019
LocationMassanutten Regional Library
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

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Central Rappahannock Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 23, 2019–Saturday, November 2, 2019
LocationCentral Rappahannock 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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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at the Middlesex County Historical Society & Museum

TimeMonday, September 30, 2019–Saturday, November 9, 2019
LocationMiddlesex County Historical Society & Museum
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.

Full Itinerary

Virginia Women in History

at Centreville Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 30, 2019–Saturday, November 9, 2019
LocationCentreville Regional 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. 

Full Itinerary

True Sons of Freedom

at Loudoun County Public Library

TimeTuesday, September 3, 2019–Saturday, November 30, 2019
LocationLoudoun 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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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. 

Full Itinerary

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.

Full Itinerary

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.

Full Itinerary

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.

Full Itinerary

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. 

Full Itinerary
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