September 2019 Events
workshop

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).

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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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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

TimeMonday, December 10, 2018–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand years, ten generations, or ten weeks, we must create the future of the commonwealth together. New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and seeks to foster an honest discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience and Virginia's increasing diversity. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. The interviews reveal the complexity of the experience for people representing a wide range of personal backgrounds, experiences, ages, and countries of origin—Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. To complement the videos, the exhibition includes objects that have special meaning for the interviewees. New Virginians is a Legacy Project of the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at 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 County Historical Society & Museum
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 Centreville Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 30, 2019–Saturday, November 9, 2019
LocationCentreville Regional 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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True Sons of Freedom

at Loudoun County Public Library

TimeTuesday, September 3, 2019–Saturday, November 30, 2019
LocationLoudoun 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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