August 2019 Events
workshop

ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE

Votes for Women 

TimeThursday, August 1, 2019–Friday, August 2, 2019
PriceFree

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year’s two-day Teacher Institute. The tenth annual Brown Teacher Institute will examine the history of women and their impact on the commonwealth, with a focus on suffrage and women’s role in social reforms. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, discover new digital resources, and learn about the lives of women who have shaped more than 400 years of history in anticipation of the Library’s upcoming exhibition, Votes for Women, on display January 13–December 5, 2020. A full schedule will be available soon.


Lodging will be provided for the first 18 attendees who live 70 miles or more outside of the city of Richmond. Please help us maintain the Brown Teacher Institute as a free event by avoiding last-minute cancellations. If your plans change, please let us know at least two weeks in advance (or we may not be able to accommodate you in the future). 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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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, August 7, 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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workshop

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Historic Census Records at the Library of Virginia 

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

United States Census records provide a framework for initial genealogical research as well as offering significant clues to comprehending a bigger picture of a person’s life—his or her family relations, community, migrations, and livelihood. Led by Library staff members Mary Clark (director of acquisitions and access management), Kevin Shupe (archivist), and John Deal (editor), this workshop will illuminate the particulars of each census, suggesting potential search strategies, tips for finding missing ancestors, and ways to mine the census for more information. We will also introduce the non-population and special censuses, such as agricultural, slave, mortality, and veterans’ censuses, showing how they might provide useful insights. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, August 14, 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 Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver (a fiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards), and pick up September's book, Jefferson's Daughters, by Catherine Kerrison (a nonfiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

workshop

LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA WORKSHOP AT YORKTOWN

To Common Defense: Military Records for Genealogical Research 

TimeFriday, August 16, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationAmerican Revolution Museum, Classrooms A & B, 200 Water Street, Yorktown
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members & Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Annual Fund members)

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from the commonwealth's founding to the end of World War II. Hosted by the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown as part of its ongoing “Preserving Your Family History” workshop series in partnership with the Library of Virginia, this workshop presents records unique to the Library, as well as records available on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed resources. Service in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World Wars I and II will be highlighted, along with militia service through the centuries and lesser-known conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the French and Indian War. A separate ticket is required to attend this workshop. To learn more, visit https://www.historyisfun.org/forgotten-soldier/workshop-series/. 

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volunteer opportunity

Help Us Celebrate Our

Transcribe-aversary

TimeSaturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
LocationLobby and Conference Rooms
PriceFree

All participants in the Library of Virginia's Making History: Transcribe project are invited to join us for a day of archival insights, tips on reading old handwriting, and information about the Virginia Untold Collection, including documents from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s Unknown No Longer project. Coffee and lunch are provided—and birthday cake too! Please register in advance at bit.ly/LVAvolunteer. These hours can be counted as community service through the HandsOn platform.

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closing

Closed for Labor Day Holiday

TimeSaturday, August 31, 2019–Monday, September 2, 2019


Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Casa Lápiz Youth Art Exhibition

TimeSaturday, July 27, 2019–Saturday, August 3, 2019
LocationLobby
PriceFree

The Library of Virginia hosts an art exhibition featuring the results of the Casa Lápiz art program for Latino youth at Sacred Heart Center, which aims to increase access to art education, give space to bilingual/bicultural conversations, and allow students to explore issues of identity, health equity, and their roles in their community. Middle- and high-school students engage in creative conversation around cultural identities, expressed through drawing, sculpture, collage, or street art. Join us for an opening reception on Monday, July 29, 3:00–5:00 PM. The art exhibition, which runs through Saturday, August 3, during the Library’s normal business hours, complements the Library's current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov

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 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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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Powhatan County Public Library

TimeMonday, July 1, 2019–Saturday, August 10, 2019
LocationPowhatan County Public 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.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Williamsburg Regional Library

TimeMonday, July 1, 2019–Saturday, August 10, 2019
LocationWilliamsburg 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 Blue Ridge Regional Library (Martinsville)

TimeMonday, July 8, 2019–Saturday, August 17, 2019
LocationBlue Ridge Regional Library (Martinsville)
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 Richmond Public Library (Main)

TimeMonday, July 8, 2019–Saturday, August 17, 2019
LocationRichmond Public Library (Main)
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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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Shenandoah County Library

TimeMonday, August 5, 2019–Saturday, September 14, 2019
LocationShenandoah 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.

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Virginia Women in History

at Waynesboro Public Library

TimeMonday, August 5, 2019–Saturday, September 14, 2019
LocationWaynesboro 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 Blacksburg Library

TimeMonday, August 12, 2019–Saturday, September 21, 2019
LocationBlacksburg 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.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Richmond Public Library (Broad Rock)

TimeMonday, August 12, 2019–Saturday, September 21, 2019
LocationRichmond Public Library (Broad Rock)
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 Mecklenburg County Public Library (Boydton)

TimeMonday, August 19, 2019–Saturday, September 28, 2019
LocationMecklenburg County Public Library (Boydton)
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 Slover Library (Norfolk)

TimeMonday, August 19, 2019–Saturday, September 28, 2019
LocationSlover Library (Norfolk)
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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