September 2020 Events
closing

Closed for Labor Day Holiday   

TimeSaturday, September 5, 2020–Monday, September 7, 2020

book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, September 9, 2020 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationVirtual Meeting
PriceFree

NOTE: For those who wish, we will gather early at 5:30 at the link here to watch the author in discussion with Nikki Giovanni live via Virginia Humanities and then begin our discussion at 6:30.


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 Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (a 2020 People’s Choice Nonfiction finalist). In October we'll discuss The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger.


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.

virtual workshop

GENEALOGY VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Virginia Genealogy to ca. 1850

TimeFriday, September 18, 2020 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Explore the methods and resources for researching Virginia genealogy prior to ca. 1850. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways that information can be found despite record loss and records that lack detail. This workshop includes an overview of colonial government, focusing on a variety of record types that will help to place an individual in a particular time and location and to potentially link generations together (provided that records survive). These include census records, tax records, and the records of religious organizations. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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lecture

VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK

Addressing Hunger in the Midst of Plenty: The Political History of Food Stamps

TimeTuesday, September 22, 2020 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

In the wealthiest country in the world, people still go hungry. The food stamp program was created in the 1960s to ease abundant agricultural surpluses and help feed struggling families who fell through a limited social safety net. Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Tracy Roof, PhD, an associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond, as she explores the often contentious politics of the food stamps program, which has grown into the largest income support program for the needy in the United States. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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lecture

17TH ANNUAL VOORHEES VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched—And Nearly Sank—English Colonization of the New World

TimeWednesday, September 23, 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 journalist Andrew Lawler on Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched—And Nearly Sank—English Colonization of the New World. The author of best-selling book The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Lawler has also written more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others.


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. To order a copy of The Secret Token visit the Virginia Shop website at https://bit.ly/3eNslUK.


The series continues on October 22, when Cassandra Britt Farrell presents 17th-Century Maps of Virginia, Maryland & the Southeast, 1590–1720. 


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

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volunteer opportunity

RESEARCH SPRINT

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

TimeSaturday, September 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Volunteer to help uncover history with us! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Library of Virginia offers three virtual “research sprints” into our newspaper collection.


By identifying Holocaust-related articles in Virginia newspapers, we will begin to understand what the average Virginian could have known during WWII. Orientation to History Unfolded will be provided by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum staff members. Local Virginia historical context will be given by the Virginia Holocaust Museum, with an introduction to accessing historic newspapers online from Library of Virginia staff members. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call HandsOn Greater Richmond at 804.330.7400.

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Unfinished Business

TimeMonday, February 24, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationLobby
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 near the Exhibition Gallery, 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 May 28, 2021, in the Exhibition Gallery.

exhibition

We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Friday, May 28, 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

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. 

Full Itinerary

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.

Full Itinerary

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 Slover Library (Norfolk)

TimeMonday, September 28, 2020–Saturday, November 7, 2020
LocationSlover Library (Norfolk)
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

True Sons of Freedom at The Prizery in South Boston

TimeMonday, September 14, 2020–Saturday, December 5, 2020
LocationThe Prizery, South Boston
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. 

Full Itinerary
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