2019 Events
closing

Closed for the New Year's Holiday

TimeSaturday, December 29, 2018–Tuesday, January 1, 2019


book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, January 9, 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 Say Nothing by Brad Parks (2018’s People's Choice Fiction Award winner), and pick up February's book, Code Girls, by Liza Mundy (2018’s Nonfiction Award winner and People's Choice Nonfiction Award winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-A-Thon

TimeWednesday, January 9, 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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closing

Closed for the Lee-Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr. Holidays

TimeFriday, January 18, 2019–Monday, January 21, 2019


volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, January 26, 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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, February 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 Code Girls by Liza Mundy (2018’s Nonfiction Award winner and People's Choice Nonfiction Award winner), and pick up March's book, Fire Is Your Water by Jim Minick (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, February 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).

Register Here
closing

Closed for George Washington’s Birthday

TimeSaturday, February 16, 2019–Monday, February 18, 2019


datathon

[Postponed] GOVERNOR'S DATATHON 2019

Equity in K–20 Education Datathon 

TimeThursday, February 21, 2019–Friday, February 22, 2019
LocationReading Room, Conference Rooms, and Lecture Hall
PriceFree

This event has been postponed until October 3rd and 4th.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, February 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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storytelling event

Secretly Y'all presents: (im/em)MIGRATION STORIES

TimeMonday, February 25, 2019 from 7:30 PM–9:00 PM
LocationArdent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh Street, Richmond
Price$5 requested donation to go to a charity TBD

The Library of Virginia's exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond has inspired the storytelling organization Secretly Y'all to seek out immigration and emigration stories for its February event. They're looking for stories of the journeys that brought people here: What did it mean to leave one place behind to come to a new one? What had to be left behind in order to do so? What’s it like using English as a second or third language? How did you make a home, a job, a life here in this mid-Atlantic state? Why did you choose the commonwealth? Is there a difference between what it means to be American versus what it means to be a Virginian? If you are a second- or third-generation member of an immigrant family—or even a fourth or fifth—what made your home, upbringing, or experiences unique from others you observed around you?


Come out to Ardent Craft Ales on February 25 to hear fascinating stories, taste delicious beer, and learn more about the Library's New Virginians exhibition, created in partnership with Virginia Humanities and a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. Doors open at 5:30 PM, stories at 7:30 PM.


If you have a story you would like Secretly Y'all to consider, please e-mail a short synopsis and a brief personal bio to secretlyall@gmail.com. Since this is a special event, storytellers will have up to 10 minutes to share their stories. For more information, visit www.secretlyall.org.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: ZACHARY WOOD

Uncensored:

My Life & Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black & White America

TimeTuesday, March 5, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the first event of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. Zachary R. Wood, a columnist and assistant opinion editor at The Guardian and a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, will discuss his powerful memoir, Uncensored, which offers his perspective on free speech, race, and dissenting opinions. Wood grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, where the only way to survive was resisting the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing—from a difficult early childhood to the struggles of code-switching between his home and his elite private school—Wood makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others and presents a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, March 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 Fire Is Your Water by Jim Minick (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist). For April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll each pick a poem by one of the LVA Literary Award–winning poets to share and discuss (a list will be provided at the March meeting). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, March 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).

Register Here
lecture

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE TALK: The Germ of a Book

TimeTuesday, March 19, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Do you have the germ of a great book idea? Did you stumble upon a news brief that captivates you? Maybe you've uncovered a family history that feels important or found something in the stacks you keep thinking about. Library of Virginia writer-in-residence Kristen Green, author of the New York Times best seller Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County—with assistance from Ginny Dunn, the Library's Archives and Library Reference Services manager—will explain how to take that morsel and use it to build a broader story through deep reading, research, and interviews. Green will provide examples of materials available from the Library of Virginia’s collections and from online resources to add details and texture to build a richer narrative. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

book talk

BOOK TALK WITH MEGAN TAYLOR SHOCKLEY

Creating a Progressive Commonwealth:

Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s

TimeWednesday, March 20, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

In honor of National Women's History Month, author Megan Taylor Shockley will speak about her new book, Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s. This innovative study illustrates how feminists in the state challenged the traditional patriarchal system and engaged directly with the legislature through grassroots educational efforts on three major initiatives: passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, protection of abortion rights, and pursuit of legal and social rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Shockley challenges the monolithic view of the region as a conservative bastion and argues that feminist advocates have provided crucial social progressive force. A research professor of history at Clemson University, Shockley, is also the coauthor of Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries, published by the Library of Virginia. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

lecture

A Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry

TimeWednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
Price$10 (Free for Semper Virginia Society members)

Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, joins us to discuss genealogy, family history, and her new book. The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help genealogists navigate the sometimes overwhelming, sometimes treacherous, and sometimes exhilarating waters of finding ancestors. Topics include how and where to begin, what records are available online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story, and—of course—DNA discoveries. Berry is a professional genealogist, lecturer, writer, and attorney whose career spans 20 years of data collection, in-depth genealogical research, and historical content in the discipline of genealogy. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at  ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.


Due to the popularity of this program, please inform us at least 48 hours in advance of the event if you require a refund.  

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conference

Straight to the Source: An Introduction to Research Using the Collections at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, March 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM–3:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$50 ($35 for member of the Friends of the Virginia State Archives) and includes a box lunch.

In cooperation with the Library of Virginia, the Friends of the Virginia State Archives present their annual Spring Conference featuring presentations by the professional Library staff about the collections at the Library of Virginia. Pre-registration is required by March 25, 2019. Attendance is limited. Learn more at friendsvirginiaarchives.org or email straight.to.the.source@gmail.com.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, March 30, 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).

Register Here
panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeTuesday, April 2, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
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), this is the first of three spring evening events, with three more scheduled for the fall. 


April 2's screening is New York: A Documentary Film, 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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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: KHIZR KHAN 

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

TimeThursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Charlottesville-based author Khizr Khan joins us as part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series to discuss his book An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream. The Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating speaker electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution. In this timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khan, the oldest of 10 children born to farmers in Pakistan, was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America—the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility—tragically lost his son, an army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He is a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. An American Family shows us who Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. Reception at 5:30 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM. A book signing will follow the talk. This event 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.

workshop

BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, April 5, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Are you interested in exploring your family tree, but don’t know where to begin? Join Library staff members Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) and Nathan Verilla (reference archivist) to learn about basic research strategies, useful websites, and helpful resources found at the Library. No experience necessary. 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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panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeTuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
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), this is the second of three spring evening events with three more scheduled for the fall. 


April 9's film is My American Girls, 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.

Learn More
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, April 10, 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. For April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll each pick a poem by one of the LVA Literary Award–winning poets to share and discuss. (Choose from the list here: www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/winners.htm#Poetry. These poets are already taken: Claudia Emerson, Corrie Williamson, Sally Keith, Luanne Keener-Mikenas, and Rita Dove.)


Then pick up May's book, The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs, by Janet Peery (2018’s Fiction Award winner).


Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, April 10, 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).

Register Here
workshop

The Heart of the Story

TimeFriday, April 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$10 (Free for Semper Virginia Society members)

Whether you want to write an essay, a short story, a book, or a journalism piece, the key is to figure out exactly what the story is. Led by Kristen Green, the Library's writer-in-residence and author of the New York Times best seller Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County—with assistance from Ginny Dunn, the Library's Archives and Library Reference Services manager—this workshop will explore how to take a morsel of an idea and broaden it to have wider appeal. Learn how to do historical research to find supporting details in the Library's collections and online resources. Discover ways to refine your story ideas to get to the heart of the matter. Leave with new tools for making your story more focused and detailed. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet if you’d like, but it’s not required. Both emerging and experienced writers are welcome. Minimum age is 16. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

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panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeTuesday, April 16, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
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), this is the third of three spring evening events, with three more scheduled for the fall. 


April 16's film is The New Americans, with discussion led by VCU Globe's Christina Marino. 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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book talk

Researching African American Lives in Richmond | RVA LitCrawl

TimeSaturday, April 20, 2019 from 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
LocationBBGB Tales for Kids Bookstore, 3003 West Cary Street, Richmond VA 23221
PriceFree

Authors Gigi Amateau, Elvatrice Belsches, and Kristen Green will read and talk about their research into the lives of African Americans, presented by the Library of Virginia and BBGB Tales for Kids Bookstore. RVA LitCrawl, "Where Readers and Writers Unite," is a two-day reading series that celebrates Richmond's literary talent and makes connections with those who love to read. This year it sweeps through the many shops and restaurants in Carytown, where authors will share their work on social justice, African Americans, women writing for women, literature for young people, LGBTQ+ lives, and much more. For more information, contact Deanna Chavez at deanna.chavez@lva.virginia.gov or 804-692-3631 or go to the RVA LitCrawl website.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: THOMAS P. KAPSIDELIS

After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

TimeWednesday, April 24, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the launch of award-winning journalist Thomas Kapsidelis's new book, After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings, and a panel discussion on the topic, part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. The book examines the decade after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members who advocated for reforms in gun safety, campus security, trauma recovery, and mental health. Reaching beyond policy implications, After Virginia Tech illuminates personal accounts of recovery and resilience that can offer a ray of hope to millions of Americans concerned about the consequences of gun violence. Kapsidelis conducted research for the book at the Library of Virginia during his stint as a Virginia Humanities Research Fellow. Joining him in the discussion are Elizabeth Hilscher, the mother of one of the students killed at Virginia Tech and a member of the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Sarah Kleiner, a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, who has covered mental health issues in Virginia. Reception at 5:30 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, April 27, 2019 from 1:00 PM–3:00 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).

Register Here
lecture

16TH ANNUAL ALAN M. & NATHALIE P. VOORHEES LECTURE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY

Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of this Popular Map Genre 

TimeSaturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall, Conference Rooms, and Conservation Lab
Price$10 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map Society & Semper Virginia Society members)

The 2019 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography will focus on “Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of this Popular Map Genre." Dr. Stephen J. Hornsby will speak on "Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps." He is the director of the Canadian American Center at the University of Maine and focuses his research on historical geography and American cartography in the early 20th century. Eliane Dotson, owner of Old World Auctions and president of the Washington Map Society, will speak on “Putting the 'Art' back in Cartography.” An exhibition of pictorial maps from the Library’s collections will also be on display throughout the day. While the lectures do not begin until 1:00 PM, there are several activities offered during the morning, including a map exhibition, map appraisals by Old World Auctions, and tours of the Conservation Lab (reservation required). A workshop on "Exploring Maps in LVA's DigiTool" will be offered at 11:00 AM by the Library of Virginia’s senior map archivist, Cassandra Britt Farrell (reservation required). Box lunches are offered for advance purchase only. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3813.

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lecture

VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK

The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America 

TimeTuesday, April 30, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Greg Smithers, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, for a talk on his research for a project entitled The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America. The book is a biography of aquatic places that Cherokee people and their indigenous neighbors believed were filled with spirits and ghosts, human and animal life, and forces that brought (and bring) the land to life. Ranging from pre-contact indigenous history through the present era of rapid climate change, the book will reveal the enduring significance of ecology while providing fresh insights into the diplomatic, military, economic, and cultural histories of Native-European encounters. Smithers is interested in the Library's map collection and colonial history holdings. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

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VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK

The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls: A Story of Food, Place, and Family 

TimeTuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Kim O'Connell, an independent scholar from Arlington, for a talk on her research using her own story of mixed-race heritage—half-Caucasian, half-Vietnamese—to explore Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who came to Virginia in the wake of the Vietnam War. Her work is for a forthcoming book that shares a title with this talk. Connecting food and culture, spring rolls are used as a symbol throughout O'Connell's work to represent determination, heritage, and healing. She has already found federal publications on government policies and newspaper stories on refugees' experiences. This subject complements the Library's current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond. For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, May 8, 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 The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs, by Janet Peery (2018’s Fiction Award winner), and pick up June's book, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, by Donna M. Lucey (2018’s Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, May 8, 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

Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library’s Collections

TimeWednesday, May 8, 2019 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$20 ($15 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Discover a new character waiting in a 1903 hotel ledger wide as a bed pillow. Unspool plot threads from messages scrawled across historic postcards. Let a pictorial map or a funky placemat from a roadside diner spark an idea for a setting. Encounter images or rhythms that serve as tinder for poetry or memoir. Join poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat in this workshop to ignite your creativity with fascinating artifacts from the Library’s archives. 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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workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, May 10, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivists Dawn Tinnell and Bill Bynum 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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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, May 18, 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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lecture

Millions of Messages:

Processing Gubernatorial E-mail at the Library of Virginia

TimeTuesday, May 21, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Library of Virginia staff members Roger Christman, senior state records archivist, and Susan Gray Page, digital archives coordinator, for a talk on the real-world challenges and opportunities associated with capturing, preserving, and accessing the e-mail of an outgoing governor. The Library is the permanent home for the records of Virginia's governors. Beginning with the records of our first governor, Patrick Henry (1776–1779), through the administration of James Gilmore (1998–2002) those records were primarily paper. The explosion of electronic records in the 21st century has created new considerations and expectations for public access to these materials. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

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Closed for Memorial Day Holiday 

TimeSaturday, May 25, 2019–Monday, May 27, 2019


book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: BRAD PARKS

The Last Act

TimeTuesday, June 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Kick off the summer reading season with a talk on the latest crime thriller from international best-selling author Brad Parks, part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. A former journalist with the Washington Post, Parks is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia—and the only writer to have won all three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes: the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty awards. His latest book, The Last Act, tells the story of a fading Broadway star who goes undercover for the FBI, spending months in prison acting as a failed bank robber in an attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel. If he’s successful, the FBI will give him $300,000—more than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off one final role? The novel “packs on the suspenseful surprises and plot reversals that made Parks a mainstay on the best-seller lists,” according to Library Journal. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov.

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Out of the Shadows: Little-Known Records for Virginia Genealogy

TimeFriday, June 7, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivists Tom Crew and Jennifer Huff will discuss a variety of records that are often overlooked when doing family history research, such as Virginia penitentiary records, Prohibition Commission records, state mental hospital records, court order books, business records, and militia commission records. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, June 12, 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 Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas, by Donna M. Lucey (2018’s Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award winner), and pick up July's book, Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, June 12, 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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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, June 29, 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).

Register Here
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Closed for Independence Day

TimeThursday, July 4, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019


volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, July 10, 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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, July 10, 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 Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift (a nonfiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards), and pick up August's book. Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

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AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870

TimeFriday, July 19, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 12 AND HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 19

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library's collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records as well as selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.  

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LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA WORKSHOP AT YORKTOWN

African American Research at the Library of Virginia: Genealogy to 1870 

TimeFriday, July 26, 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)

Explore the methods and resources for African American genealogy prior to the end of the Civil War with the Library of Virginia. 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, library reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways to determine whether an individual was enslaved or free and what types of records will be useful for further research. Learn about the Library of Virginia’s collections including cohabitation registers, free Negro registers, lists, wills, deeds, and tax records, in addition to selected federal records that can be accessed through databases. 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

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, July 27, 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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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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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. 

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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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Closed for Labor Day Holiday

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


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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Virginia Immigration Research, 1607–1952 

TimeFriday, September 6, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivist Cara Griggs leads this workshop focused on records from 1607 to 1952 concerning the immigration of individuals who came to Virginia. Learn about passenger lists and naturalization records as well as strategies for identifying birthplaces through records that relate to immigration and naturalization, vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, the records of religious organizations, and records from an individual's country of origin. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, September 11, 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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, September 11, 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 Jefferson's Daughters, by Catherine Kerrison (a nonfiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards), and pick up October's book, Tony’s Wife, by Adrianna Trigiani (a fiction 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. 

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Telling Your Family History Story

TimeWednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Get tips and inspiration from two speakers who have moved past basic genealogical research and now compile fuller stories for their family histories. Samuel Hayes's lecture, “The Intersection of a 42-Year Family Search and the Age of DNA,” focuses on how DNA research filled in several gaps within his family tree, as well as the impact of slavery on his ancestors' lives. “Put Some Meat on Them Bones – Telling the Stories,” the lecture from Rosemary Cantrell, shows the importance of storytelling and explains how you can use background information about locations, organizations, neighbors, local and historical events, and other tidbits to tell a fascinating and accurate story of an ancestor’s life, even when few actual facts are available. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeWednesday, September 11, 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), this is the first of the final four fall evening events.


September 11's screening is The Jewish Americans, 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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VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY

Genealogy Open House 

TimeFriday, September 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM–4:30 PM
LocationComputer Lab & Second Floor
PriceFree

Join us for a Genealogy Open House held in connection with the Library’s Virginia Family History Day Conference on Saturday, September 14. Attend computer lab sessions on topics such as newspapers and maps, register ahead of time for a one-on-one "Ask an Expert" session (see contact information below), and join a tour of the Library in the afternoon. This event is free and open to public—you do not need to be registered for Saturday’s conference to attend. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one session, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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VIRGINIA FAMILY HISTORY DAY CONFERENCE

Searching for Your Ancestors: 

The Genealogical Impact of Forced & Voluntary Virginia Migrations

TimeSaturday, September 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall & Conference Rooms
Price$35 ($14 for optional lunch)

The 1619 arrival of Africans marked a pivotal moment in Virginia’s history and eventually caused major shifts in its economy and culture. The 400th anniversary of this seminal event invites us to examine its influence on the practice of family history as well as the impact of subsequent migrations to, from, and within the commonwealth. Many American families have ancestors who migrated through Virginia, crisscrossing the map within historical migration routes. Africans and African Americans suffered the harshest experience of all migrants, experiencing the horrors of slave ships and having their families forcibly separated in the routine transactions of the American slave trade to which Virginia was essential. Famines, land clearings, poverty, and religious persecution pushed British and European souls out of the Old World to find a new life and new land in Virginia and beyond, whether as indentured servants or willing immigrants. In the process, native people lost their land to the colonizers due to warfare and forced resettlement.


This conference explores the ways in which the search for ancestors in records is affected by these historical currents. Attendees can learn more about the historical context of their family history stories and shed light on their ancestors’ journeys.

 

Join us for an exciting day of family history exploration and networking. Keynote speaker Ric Murphy—an educator, historian, lecturer, and award-winning author and the national vice president for history with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society—will discuss "The 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America."


An optional open house on Friday, September 13, 10:00 AM–4:30 PM, offers computer lab sessions on topics such as newspapers and maps, one-on-one "Ask an Expert" sessions, and a tour of the Library. (Reservations are required for the “Ask an Expert” sessions. To schedule one, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.)

 

The Library of Virginia hosts this third 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 Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, September 28, 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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governor's datathon 2019

Equity in K–20 Education Datathon

TimeFriday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

This groundbreaking competition brings together multidiscipline teams composed of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and nonprofit organizations to take new and existing datasets and turn them into actionable information. That information will support the Commonwealth's goal of using data and analytics to improve educational outcomes and promote equity. Data stewards include education, health, and public safety agencies from federal, state, and local governments. They will provide existing and new non-sensitive, de-identified data for the teams to explore and use. Prizes will be awarded across several categories. Previous datathons have created solutions that have been used across Virginia. The final presentations, held at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 4, are open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Virginia Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, CapTech, GovInsight, Qlarion, Virginia Interactive, and the Library of Virginia. For more information, contact Cindy Sullivan csullivan@captechconsulting.com or visit data.virginia.gov/pages/datathon2019 

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, October 9, 2019 from 5:30 PM–6:30 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, October 9, 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 Tony’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani (a fiction 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. 

panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeWednesday, October 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
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), this is the first of the final four fall evening events.


October 9's screening is The Search for General Tso, 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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book talk

BOOK LAUNCH WITH BRENT TARTER

Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia 

TimeThursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the launch of historian Brent Tarter’s latest book, Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia. The author, a founding editor of the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography, will be joined onstage by Brian Cannon (executive director of OneVirginia2021, a nonpartisan organization advocating for fair redistricting in Virginia) and Dr. Julian Hayter (a historian and associate professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond) for a discussion on this timely topic. Many are aware that gerrymandering exists and suspect it plays a role in our elections, but its history goes far deeper, and its impacts are far greater, than most realize. In Gerrymanders, Tarter focuses on Virginia’s long history of gerrymandering to uncover its immense influence on the state’s politics and to provide perspective on how the practice impacts politics nationally. On the eve of the 2021 session of the General Assembly, which will redraw district lines for Virginia’s state Senate and House of Delegates, as well as for the U.S. House of Representatives, Tarter’s book provides an eye-opening investigation of gerrymandering and its pervasive effect on our local, state, and national politics and government. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day Holidays

TimeMonday, October 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


literary awards

Art Meets Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

TimeFriday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall
Price$8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. This year’s recipient is author Mary Gabriel for Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A book signing and reception will follow the program. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/kotz.htm

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Closed for Event Preparation

TimeSaturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Closed to prepare for our annual Literary Awards Celebration.

literary awards

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia
Price$175

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration features speaker Brian Noyes, owner of Red Truck Bakery and author of the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook. Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host for this event. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, and awards program followed by book signings. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

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

Are you interested in exploring your family tree, but don’t know where to begin? Join Library staff members to learn about basic research strategies, useful websites, and helpful resources found at the Library. No experience necessary. 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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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, October 26, 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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virginia archives month pop-up event

Printing Techniques + REMIX

TimeThursday, October 31, 2019 from 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Room A
PriceFree

Virginia Archives Month's 2019 theme, “The Letterpress, the Woodblock, and the Watermark: Book Arts in Archives and Special Collections,” features beautiful images from institutions throughout the state. Join us for an overview of printing techniques from the Library of Virginia’s Visual Studies Collection. We also invite participation in a creative reuse contest called REMIX. Archives aren’t just about serious research, they can be about serious (or not so serious) art! Contribute to the REMIX community collage, take home coloring pages, and pick up some candy for Halloween!

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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.

lecture

VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK

Eliza House Trist & Thomas Jefferson:

A Friendship and a Woman’s Journal of Westward Exploration 

TimeWednesday, December 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Karen A. Chase, an independent author and scholar, for a talk revealing the life and writings of Elizabeth House Trist, the often-overlooked American woman who traveled westward in 1783, two decades before the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. Friend to Thomas Jefferson, Trist is one of two women featured in Chase’s narrative nonfiction project entitled Eliza! Eliza! Just months after the end of the Revolutionary War, Trist journeyed west and south to join her husband in Natchez, Louisiana, journal in hand. She kept the diary at the behest of Thomas Jefferson, her contemporary and confidant. An examination of Trist’s travel journal entries, objects, and letters, offers a glimpse into her personal relationship with Jefferson and other well-known founders. A female figure previously sidelined to the role of spectator, Trist’s words bring her forward as a willing and lively participant in the expansion of America.


Chase is the author of Carrying Independence, a historical novel about the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the first in the three-part Founding-Documents Series, and a Daughter of the American Revolution. A partnership between the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities allows researchers to examine in-depth the Library’s vast manuscript resources during their stay as scholars in residence.


For more information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

symposium

SHOCKOE BOTTOM PUBLIC HISTORY SYMPOSIUM 

Truth and Conciliation in the 400th Year

TimeSaturday, December 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

The Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality will host Truth & Conciliation in the 400th Year: A Shockoe Bottom Public History Symposium at the Library of Virginia. With panel discussions and cultural presentations, this all-day symposium will examine the history of Africans and people of African descent in Virginia from their earliest days to the present and the vital role that Shockoe Bottom has played in that history.


This nationally significant event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Library of Virginia, and will also present resources the Library has available for African American academic topics, family history researchers, and the general public.


Our goal is to make crystal-clear the historical importance of Shockoe Bottom; its tremendous potential for education, reparations, and conciliation; and the great crime that would be committed if its physical presence were lost to inappropriate development.


A centerpiece of the symposium will be presenting the community-generated proposal for a nine-acre Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park proposal as it has evolved over the past four years, highlighting the potential economic, social, and cultural benefits for the city as a whole, and particularly for today’s Black community.


Boxed lunches will be available to order until November 29, 2019. Sign up through your eventbrite registration.


 For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, December 11, 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).

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, December 11, 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 Let's No One Get Hurt, by Jon Pineda (a fiction finalist for the 2019 Literary Awards) and pick up January's book, Bearskin by James McLauglin (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, December 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
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).


December 11's screening is The New Americans, with discussion led by VCU Globe's Christina Marino. 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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closing

Closed for the Christmas Holidays

TimeTuesday, December 24, 2019–Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Library of Virginia will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. In addition, the State Records Center Reading Room will be closed on Thursday, December 26.

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.

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

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at the Fairfax Museum

TimeMonday, January 7, 2019–Saturday, February 16, 2019
LocationFairfax Museum
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.

Full Itinerary

True Sons of Freedom

at the Manassas Museum

TimeMonday, December 3, 2018–Saturday, February 23, 2019
LocationManassas Museum
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. 


To view the online exhibition, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

Full Itinerary

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Library of Virginia

TimeMonday, January 28, 2019–Saturday, February 23, 2019
LocationLibrary of Virginia
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

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Shenandoah County Library

TimeMonday, January 28, 2019–Saturday, March 2, 2019
LocationShenandoah County 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

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Pittsylvania County Public Library

TimeMonday, February 18, 2019–Saturday, March 30, 2019
LocationPittsylvania 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.

Full Itinerary

Virginia Women in History

at Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, March 1, 2019–Saturday, March 30, 2019
LocationLibrary of Virginia
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 Radford Public Library

TimeMonday, February 25, 2019–Saturday, April 6, 2019
LocationRadford 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

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Alexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, April 13, 2019
LocationAlexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)
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 Central Community Library (Prince William Public Library System)

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, April 13, 2019
LocationCentral Community Library (Prince William Public Library System)
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

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Danville Public Library

TimeMonday, April 1, 2019–Saturday, May 11, 2019
LocationDanville 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.

Full Itinerary

Virginia Women in History

at Mecklenburg County Public Library

TimeMonday, April 1, 2019–Saturday, May 11, 2019
LocationMecklenburg County 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. 

Full Itinerary

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at the Eastern Shore Public Library

TimeMonday, April 8, 2019–Saturday, May 18, 2019
LocationEastern Shore 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.

Full Itinerary

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Matoaca High School

TimeMonday, April 8, 2019–Saturday, May 18, 2019
LocationMatoaca High School
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

True Sons of Freedom

at Barrier Island Art Center

TimeMonday, March 4, 2019–Saturday, May 25, 2019
LocationBarrier Island Art Center
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. 


To see the online exhibition, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

Full Itinerary

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Richmond Public Library (Main)

TimeMonday, April 15, 2019–Saturday, May 25, 2019
LocationRichmond Public Library (Main)
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 Pamunkey Regional Library (Atlee Branch)

TimeMonday, April 15, 2019–Saturday, May 25, 2019
LocationPamunkey Regional Library (Atlee 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. 

Full Itinerary

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Norfolk Public Library (Slover)

TimeSunday, May 12, 2019–Saturday, June 22, 2019
LocationNorfolk Public Library (Slover)
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.

Full Itinerary

Virginia Women in History

at Bristol Public Library

TimeMonday, May 13, 2019–Saturday, June 22, 2019
LocationBristol 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. 

Full Itinerary

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Alexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)

TimeMonday, May 20, 2019–Saturday, June 29, 2019
LocationAlexandria Public Library (Burke Branch)
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 Staunton Public Library

TimeMonday, May 20, 2019–Saturday, June 29, 2019
LocationStaunton 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

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Massanutten Regional Library

TimeMonday, May 27, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019
LocationMassanutten 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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Virginia Women in History

at Henrico County Public Library (Varina Area)

TimeMonday, May 27, 2019–Saturday, July 6, 2019
LocationHenrico County Public Library (Varina Area)
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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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. 

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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Buchanan County Public Library

TimeMonday, September 16, 2019–Saturday, October 26, 2019
LocationBuchanan 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 York County Public Library (Tabb Branch)

TimeMonday, September 16, 2019–Saturday, October 26, 2019
LocationYork County Public Library (Tabb 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 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.

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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 Cou