August 2018 Events
panel discussion


The Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Virginia

TimeThursday, August 2, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall

Virginia Humanities' David Bearinger, director of grants and community programs, moderates this conversation on the refugee and immigrant experience in Virginia in the past 30 years, presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities in conjunction with the Library's annual Anne and Ryland Brown Teachers Institute. The panel includes three Virginians who immigrated to the commonwealth and now work with resettlement and newcomer services: Seyoum Berhe (Ethiopia), Virginia's state refugee coordinator with the Office of Newcomer Services; Karla Almendarez-Ramos (Honduras), manager of the City of Richmond's Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Kika Husejnovic (Bosnia), pre-arrival coordinator with Church World Service's Richmond Immigration and Refugee Program. They are among the more than 30 immigrants interviewed for the upcoming exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, a partnership between the Library and the Virginia Humanities with support from American Evolution ( Virginians opens at the Library on December 10, 2018. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.

for educators


Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity

TimeWednesday, August 1, 2018–Friday, August 3, 2018
LocationConference Rooms

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's three-day Teacher Institute, presented in collaboration with Virginia Humanities and with support from American Evolution ( The ninth annual Brown Teacher Institute will examine the implications of immigration and the experiences of immigrants as they come to Virginia, focusing on the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. The event features remarks by keynote speaker Atif Qarni, Virginia's secretary of education. 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 immigrant and refugee students and their families in anticipation of the Library's upcoming exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, on display December 10, 2018–November 23, 2019. Free to attendees, with continuing education credits offered.



Old Traditions/New Virginians Folklife Celebration

TimeFriday, August 3, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Explore the sights and sounds of the "New Old" traditions of migrants who have come to Virginia within the last 30 years. This Folklife Celebration features traditions as varied as Vietnamese dàn bầu music (a one-stringed instrument), the exquisitely colorful Guatemalan alfombra (sawdust carpet) and dance, Hindustani raga singing, a Bolivian tinku dance group, and a Mexican mariachi band, as well as craft displays and demonstrations. A collaboration of the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities and the Library of Virginia, with support from American Evolution (, this vibrant, free event is one of the first public programs supporting the Library's upcoming exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, which opens this December. The event also complements "Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity," the Library's 2018 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Institute. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999

volunteer opportunity
TimeWednesday, August 8, 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)

book club
Literary Virginia Book Group
TimeWednesday, August 8, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and nominees 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 July's book, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2017's nonfiction award winner), and pick up August's book: The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown (2017's People's Choice fiction winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at or 804.692.3792.

book talk


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the

Drug Company that Addicted America

TimeTuesday, August 14, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall

Join us for the first Carole Weinstein Author Series event, the Richmond launch of the eagerly awaited new book from Beth Macy, award-winning author of Factory Man and TruevineDopesick is an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines of the devastating opioid crisis in America. Macy will discuss her book and then hold a question and answer session with Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After losing his 21-year-old son to heroin addiction, Dr. Abubaker now spends time speaking to the public about his family's experience and the need to change how doctors prescribe opioids. Reception 5:30–6:00 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signings at 7:00 PM. This event is made possible with federal funding for staff support by the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Media sponsor: Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Emilie Raymond Discusses Food for Victory during World War II
TimeTuesday, August 21, 2018 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms

Many Americans remember food rationing, shortages, and victory gardens during World War II, but few realize the powerful role food played during the war. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Emilie Raymond will discuss new research and her experiences teaching food policy. Raymond specializes in 20th-century American politics and culture, focusing on the intersection between Hollywood and politics.

volunteer opportunity
Help Us Celebrate Our Transcribe-aversary
TimeSaturday, August 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
LocationLobby and Conference Rooms

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 advancing your skills in reading old documents, and information about Virginia during World War I. We'll also be transcribing, of course. Coffee and lunch are provided—and birthday cake too! These hours can be counted as community service through the HandsOn platform.

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escape room activity

GABRIEL WEEK presents Gabriel's Escape 

TimeWednesday, August 29, 2018 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationLobby & Second Floor

Join NERD SQUAD in a high-energy escape room activity at the Library of Virginia. For the inaugural celebration of GABRIEL WEEK, Untold RVA, NERD SQUAD, and Virginia author Gigi Amateau bring the Richmond community together to be inspired by the legacies of self-determination, intersectionality, and resistance through the dynamic story of a Richmond-area social justice hero, Brother General Gabriel. In 1800, a 24-year-old enslaved Black man named Gabriel makes a plan to overthrow slavery in Virginia and secretly recruits numerous others to this heroic cause. Discovery of the plot and a horrible rainstorm complicate the freedom fighters' stealthy plans and their conspiracy is foiled. Dozens of his fellow revolutionaries are caught and tried, while Gabriel makes his way to the coast, where he is later captured and ultimately hanged. Journey back in time to change history with NERD SQUAD at the Library of Virginia. Help Gabriel avoid capture and make it past the bounty hunters hoping to cash in on the reward money for his arrest. Immerse yourself in the untold stories of these courageous revolutionaries while sifting through clues, content, and historical documents at the Library. Attendees will receive a signed copy of Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau, winner of the Library of Virginia's 2013 People’s Choice Award for Fiction, and even have a chance to meet the author. Recommended for teens, young adults, and families. Light refreshments will be provided by Initiatives of Change and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. For more information, visit

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

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.

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