2020 Events
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Closed for the New Year's Holiday

TimeWednesday, January 1, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, January 8, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, January 8, 2020 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 Bearskin by James McLaughlin (a 2019 Fiction Award finalist) and pick up February's book, We Face the Dawn by Margaret Edds (a 2019 Nonfiction Award finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

civic conversations: a small-group discussion series

A Conversation about Monuments

TimeWednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Free and open to the public, this small-group discussion series encourages informed conversations around contemporary issues and topics. On the second Wednesday of the month, the Library will screen a segment from a documentary film, followed by moderated discussion led by an expert or authority on the subject. Audience members are encouraged to share their perspectives with the group.


January 8’s event features a short documentary from the American Museum of Natural History, The Meaning of a Monument, about the Theodore Roosevelt monument in New York City. Our conversation will center around these historical and contemporary landmarks. The Library of Virginia’s director of Public Services and Outreach, Gregg Kimball, will lead with discussion. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

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

TimeFriday, January 17, 2020–Monday, January 20, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, January 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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lecture and walking tour

The Western State Hospital Experience

TimeSaturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
LocationThe Blackburn Inn, 301 Greenville Avenue, Staunton, Virginia 24401
Price$29.50

Formerly a hospital campus for the mentally ill composed of several buildings once included on the National Register for Historic Places, Western State has a very colorful history. Guests will enjoy a 60-minute visual presentation about the history of Western State, delivered by historian, author, and photographer John Plashal. This presentation will take place in the penthouse suite of the Lofts Building, which once served as a prison. The talk will be followed by a walking tour of the immediate area, which includes the cemetery, the exteriors of several of the abandoned buildings, and the recently renovated Administration Building, which is now Staunton's most picturesque hotel, the Blackburn Inn.


This unique program is brought to you by John Plashal Photo in partnership with the Library of Virginia. For more information, contact John Plashal at john@johnplashalphoto.com

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, February 12, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, February 12, 2020 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 We Face the Dawn by Margaret Edds (a 2019 Nonfiction Award finalist) and pick up March's book, Vox by Christina Dalcher (a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Fiction finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

civic conversations: a small-group discussion series

A Conversation about Freedom Riders

TimeWednesday, February 12, 2020 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Free and open to the public, this small-group discussion series encourages informed conversations around complex topics affecting Virginia. On the second Wednesday of each month, the Library will screen a segment from a documentary film, followed by a round-table conversation with input from a moderator and historical expert from the Library. Attendees are encouraged to share their perspectives with the group.


February 12’s event features a screening from Freedom Riders and conversations around nonviolent activism during the struggle for racial justice. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726. 

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Closed for George Washington’s Birthday

TimeSaturday, February 15, 2020–Monday, February 17, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, February 29, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
workshop

MAP GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

More Than Just a Pretty Picture:

Maps and Research at the Library of Virginia

TimeSaturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members & Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Annual Fund members)

Senior map archivist Cassandra Farrell will discuss the different types of maps that are helpful in genealogical research. Genealogists and those researching their family history will learn about the different symbols used and how to read a map (Who is the author? Where was it published? What is the prime meridian?). 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

TimeWednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, March 11, 2020 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 Vox by Christina Dalcher (a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Fiction finalist). In April, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll discuss a poetry roundup. Loaner books are available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Irish Ancestry Research

TimeFriday, March 13, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt with the Ulster Historical Foundation will conduct a workshop about Irish and Scots-Irish research, including church records, land records, and Ulster Plantation sources for finding 17th-century families in Ireland. The Belfast-based registered charity and educational nonprofit is one of the leading genealogical resources on this topic and has helped transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad. 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, March 28, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, April 8, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, April 8, 2020 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, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll discuss a poetry roundup. Next month, we’ll dive into The Fallen by David Baldacci (a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Fiction finalist). Loaner books are available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

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BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Virginia Family History:

An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, April 10, 2020 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 of Virginia archivists Dawn Tinnell and Nathan Verilla 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 at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, April 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM–3:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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lecture

VOORHEES LECTURE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY

English Impressions of “Virginia” & Its Inhabitants before Jamestown: English Mapping & Iconography of the New World

TimeSaturday, April 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall and Conference Rooms
Price$10 (Free for Fry-Jefferson Map Society & Semper Virginia Society members)

The 17th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography focuses on the extraordinary explorations of the Albemarle Sound region and the first English settlements on Roanoke Island in the 1580s. Historian Dr. Larry Tise presents “The First American Coloring Books: Theodore de Bry’s Grand Voyages, 1590–1602” and author Andrew Lawler offers “Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched—And Nearly Sank—English Colonization of the New World.” Additional programming will be available throughout the day. Lectures begin at 1:00 PM. Registration details coming soon.


The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts this free annual lecture series. For more information about the lecture and related events, contact the Library of Virginia Foundation at 804.692.3818 or email Dawn.Greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, May 8, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia archivists Amanda Morrell and Bill Bynum and reference librarian Becky Schneider introduce you to the types of records in the Library’s collections to help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. If you don’t already have a Library of Virginia card, plan to arrive early to sign up for one at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, May 13, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, May 13, 2020 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 we'll discuss The Fallen by David Baldacci (a fiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards). Next month, we’ll talk about 1619: The Founding of Democracy by James Horn (a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction finalist). Loaner books are available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

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Closed for Memorial Day Holiday    

TimeSaturday, May 23, 2020–Monday, May 25, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, May 30, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Her: Our Female Ancestors

TimeFriday, June 5, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Melissa Tennant, assistant manager of the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, leads this workshop focused on finding female ancestors. Though our female ancestors may be elusive, by understanding their roles in other people’s lives and community, we can find a variety of records documenting their lives. This workshop complements the Library’s exhibition We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia. 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

TimeWednesday, June 10, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, June 10, 2020 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 1619: The Founding of Democracy by James Horn (a 2019 People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction finalist). Loaner books are available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, June 27, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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Closed for Independence Day Holiday   

TimeFriday, July 3, 2020–Saturday, July 4, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, July 8, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

African American Research at the Library of Virginia:

Reconstruction Through World War I

TimeFriday, July 10, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs offers an overview of records created during the Reconstruction era through World War I and explores how they relate to African American genealogy. She’ll cover topics such as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; population schedules from the federal census; newspapers; and records from elections, educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. 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, July 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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CENSUS RECORDS GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Historic Census Records at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, August 7, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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 of Virginia staff members Kevin Shupe (senior reference archivist) and John Deal (editor), this hands-on workshop will demonstrate research strategies, tips for finding missing ancestors, and ways to mine the census for more information. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information. 

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, August 12, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, August 29, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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Closed for Labor Day Holiday   

TimeSaturday, September 5, 2020–Monday, September 7, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, September 9, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Virginia Genealogy to ca. 1850

TimeFriday, September 18, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Explore the methods and resources for researching Virginia genealogy prior to ca. 1850. Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs presents ways that information can be found despite record loss and records that lack detail. This workshop includes an overview of colonial government, focusing on a variety of record types that will help to place an individual in a particular time and location and to potentially link generations together (provided that records survive). These include census records, tax records, and the records of religious organizations. 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 26, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
workshop

BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History:

An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, October 2, 2020 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 of Virginia 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 at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, October 7, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day   

TimeMonday, October 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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Closed for annual Literary Awards Celebration   

TimeSaturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, October 24, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, November 4, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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Closed for Veteran’s Day   

TimeWednesday, November 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

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INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

TimeFriday, November 13, 2020 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Library of Virginia staff members Amanda Morrell (reference archivist), Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager), and Annie Gannon (reference services librarian) introduce you to the types of records in the Library’s collections to help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. If you don’t already have a Library of Virginia card, plan to arrive early to sign up for one at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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Closed for VCU Health Richmond Marathon in downtown Richmond

TimeSaturday, November 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, November 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

Register Here
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Closed from noon on November 25 through November 28 for Thanksgiving holiday

TimeWednesday, November 25, 2020–Saturday, November 28, 2020

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, December 9, 2020 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationComputer Classroom
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). Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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State Records Center Reading Room will be closed

TimeWednesday, December 23, 2020–Thursday, December 24, 2020


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Closed for Christmas Holiday   

TimeThursday, December 24, 2020–Saturday, December 26, 2020

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Saturday, December 5, 2020
LocationExhibition Gallery and Lobby
PriceFree

This year marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing women's right to vote. The story of Virginia's suffragists and their contributions to the fight for woman suffrage is little known. We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia reveals how women created two statewide organizations to win the right to vote. Virginia suffragists were a remarkable group of talented and dedicated women who have largely been forgotten. They were artists and writers, business and professional women, and educators and reformers who marched in parades, rallied at the state capitol, spoke to crowds on street corners, staffed booths at state and county fairs, lobbied legislators and congressmen, picketed the White House, and even went to jail. At the centenary of woman suffrage, these remarkable women are at last recognized for their important achievements and contributions.


Items on display include suffrage postcards and memorabilia such as pinback buttons and badges, as well as banners from the Virginia branch of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, photographs, and film footage. This exhibition is a project of the Task Force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. 

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Handley Regional Library

TimeMonday, December 9, 2019–Saturday, January 18, 2020
LocationHandley Regional 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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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at the Fairfax Museum

TimeMonday, December 16, 2019–Saturday, January 25, 2020
LocationFairfax Museum
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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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled in Eastern Shore Public Library & Historic Onancock School

TimeMonday, January 20, 2020–Saturday, February 29, 2020
LocationEastern Shore Public Library & Historic Onancock School
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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True Sons of Freedom

at Mecklenburg County Public Library

TimeMonday, December 9, 2019–Saturday, March 7, 2020
LocationMecklenburg 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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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Shenandoah Public Library

TimeMonday, January 27, 2020–Saturday, March 7, 2020
LocationShenandoah 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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Danville Public Library

TimeMonday, March 2, 2020–Saturday, April 11, 2020
LocationDanville Public Library
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 the Handley Regional Library

TimeMonday, March 9, 2020–Saturday, April 18, 2020
LocationHandley 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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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled at Franklin County Public Library

TimeMonday, March 23, 2020–Saturday, May 16, 2020
LocationFranklin 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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Eastern Shore Public Library

TimeMonday, April 13, 2020–Saturday, May 23, 2020
LocationEastern Shore Public Library
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 Mathews Memorial Library

TimeMonday, April 20, 2020–Saturday, May 30, 2020
LocationMathews Memorial 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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Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled at Massanutten Regional Library

TimeMonday, May 25, 2020–Saturday, July 4, 2020
LocationMassanutten Regional 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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Handley Regional Library System (Bowman)

TimeMonday, May 25, 2020–Saturday, July 4, 2020
LocationHandley Regional Library System (Bowman)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 Culpeper County Library

TimeMonday, July 6, 2020–Saturday, August 15, 2020
LocationCulpeper 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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center

TimeMonday, July 6, 2020–Saturday, August 15, 2020
LocationFairfax Museum & Visitors Center
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 Augusta County Public Library

TimeMonday, June 15, 2020–Saturday, September 5, 2020
LocationAugusta 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. 

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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Lynchburg Museum

TimeMonday, August 17, 2020–Saturday, September 26, 2020
LocationLynchburg Museum
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 Ormond Stone Middle School in Centreville

TimeMonday, August 24, 2020–Saturday, October 3, 2020
LocationOrmond Stone Middle School (Centreville)
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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Slover Library (Norfolk)

TimeMonday, September 28, 2020–Saturday, November 7, 2020
LocationSlover Library (Norfolk)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. 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 The Prizery in South Boston

TimeMonday, September 14, 2020–Saturday, December 5, 2020
LocationThe Prizery, South Boston
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. 

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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Grayson County Historical Society

TimeMonday, November 9, 2020–Saturday, December 19, 2020
LocationGrayson County Historical Society
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Alexandria Public Library (Burke)

TimeMonday, December 21, 2020–Saturday, January 30, 2021
LocationAlexandria Public Library (Burke)
PriceFree

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the traveling exhibition, We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia uses text and images to trace the history of the woman suffrage movement in Virginia from 1909 until 1920. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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