September 2018 Events
closing
Closed for Labor Day
TimeSaturday, September 1, 2018–Monday, September 3, 2018
LocationLibrary of Virginia


conference

VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY

DNA Made Clear:

Growing Your Family Tree with Genetic Genealogy

TimeSaturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall & Conference Rooms
Price$35

Join us for an exciting day of family history exploration and networking. This one-day conference features keynote speaker Judy G. Russell—"the legal genealogist"—and nationally recognized genetic genealogy experts Bernice A. Bennett, Shannon Christmas, Rachel Unkefer, and Shannon Combs-Bennett. Presenters will help us explore how DNA can be used to trace our family trees, including presentations on terminology and DNA interpretation for beginners, and chromosome mapping and DNA painting for more experienced genealogists.


The Library of Virginia hosts this second annual Family History Day conference in collaboration with the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support from FamilySearch. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

To Register
volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, September 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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, September 12, 2018 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. Discuss September's book, The Stargazer's Sister, by Carrie Brown, 2017's People's Choice Award for Fiction winner. Pick up October's book, If the Creek Don't Rise, by Leah Weiss, a finalist for 2018's Fiction Award & People's Choice Award for Fiction. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

panel discussion

Animal Science & the American Civil War

TimeTuesday, September 18, 2018 from 5:30 PM–8:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

To launch Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology, and Society 2018 speaker series, “Imagining Animals Through Science,” in conjunction with the Library of Virginia, this panel discussion will examine the complex relationships between Victorian Americans, science, and animals in the midst of such turbulent events as slavery, the Civil War, and ecosystem decline. Henry A. McGhie (head of collections and curator of zoology at Manchester Museum, University of Manchester) will address the rise of scientific ornithology and bird conservation in connection with Confederate blockades, and Abraham H. Gibson (National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University) will detail the evolutionary and social history of domesticated animals, such as pigs, cattle, and horses, that went feral. Kathryn Shively Meier (author of Nature's Civil War) will moderate. A reception precedes the event (5:30–6:00 PM), the panel runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, and a book signing follows. For more information, please contact kmeier@vcu.edu or 804.828.8427.

book talk

BOOK TALK WITH JOHN BRYAN & ROB CARTER

America's Favorite Flies

TimeWednesday, September 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

America's Favorite Flies, a book by Rob Carter and John Bryan, is a landmark gathering of 224 fly-fishers from across North America, each of whom has provided a favorite fly along with comments and materials. The book contains stunning photographs of the flies, approximately 100 artworks by some of North America's most beloved outdoor artists, and writings by a compelling list of participants, including President Jimmy Carter, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, fly-fishing matriarch Joan Wulff, rock musician Huey Lewis, artist James Prosek, and author Tom McGuane. All profits from the book go to two organizations whose work benefits healthier fisheries and waters: the James River Association and the Native Fish Society. The authors have donated the original questionnaires, flies, and other original materials gathered for the book to the Library of Virginia, and the collection will be made available to researchers. A book signing follows the talk. For more information on this event, contact dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

workshop

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research: Reconstruction–World War I

TimeFriday, September 21, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

This workshop provides an overview of records created during the Reconstruction era through World War I and explores how they relate to African American genealogy. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs covers topics such as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; population schedules from the federal census; newspapers; and records for elections, educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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panel discussion

Building Upon Her Legacy:

A Panel on Henrietta Lacks & the Henrietta Lacks Commission

TimeTuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall

This July, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the creation of the Henrietta Lacks Commission—a board of individuals tasked with creating a plan to construct a biomedical cancer research center to honor the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, who was born and raised in Virginia. The governor has proclaimed the week of September 23–29, 2018 as Henrietta Lacks Legacy Week, to coincide with the inaugural meeting of the commission. The Virginia Department of Health, in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University, hosts a panel to share information about the commission and to lead an important discussion around many of the dynamic facets of the Henrietta Lacks story that continue to impact health inequities, ethics in clinical research, and mistrust in the African American community, today. For a list of panelists, visit the registration link. A reception will follow the discussion. Timeline of events: 6:00–7:15 AM, panel and Q&A; 7:20–8:00 PM, reception and networking.

Registration
volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeSaturday, September 29, 2018 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

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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exhibition
True Sons of Freedom
TimeTuesday, January 16, 2018–Friday, November 9, 2018
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.


For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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