December 2020 Events
virtual workshop

Using the FamilySearch Database at the Library

TimeWednesday, December 2, 2020 from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

The Library of Virginia recently became an affiliate library of FamilySearch, which offers the largest collection of digitized genealogical records in the world. Join us for a free virtual webinar to learn more about this amazing resource. David Rencher, FamilySearch’s chief genealogical officer and director of its Family History Library, will discuss the affiliate library program and how to use the database, including access to millions of images. 


While visiting the Library, users can access the FamilySearch database from one of our eight public computers or from their own devices using our Wi-Fi. A free, easy-to-set-up FamilySearch account is required to access these resources from the Library’s reading rooms.


For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, December 9, 2020 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Exciting news! The author will be joining us for this discussion!


For now our book group meetings will be virtual. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the GoogleMeets link or the phone number below:


Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hfh-uwev-jeu 


Phone Number

(US)+1 347-941-2137

PIN: 343 725 357#


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. This month, we'll discuss The Substitution Order by Martin Clark (a 2020 People’s Choice Fiction finalist).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is also available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

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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

Unfinished Business

TimeMonday, February 24, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationLobby
PriceFree

Extending the right to vote to women in 1920 was a milestone in American history. But much work remained to ensure that all citizens had a fair and equal voice in governing the country and shaping its policies. Unfinished Business, a series of panel displays near the Exhibition Gallery, explores the fundamental question of citizenship through obstacles that limited suffrage to some Americans, including the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), extending citizenship to America’s indigenous peoples, eliminating the poll tax and literacy tests, and the continuing advocacy for restoration of rights to felons. This exhibition complements We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, running through May 28, 2021, in the Exhibition Gallery.

exhibition

We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
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

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Galax-Carroll Regional Library

TimeMonday, November 9, 2020–Saturday, December 19, 2020
LocationGalax-Carroll Regional 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.

Full Itinerary

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond at Handley Regional Library (Stephens City)

TimeMonday, November 16, 2020–Saturday, December 26, 2020
LocationHandley Regional Library (Stephens City)
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

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Pamunkey Regional Library (Mechanicsville)

TimeMonday, November 23, 2020–Saturday, January 2, 2021
LocationPamunkey Regional Library (Mechanicsville)
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.

Full Itinerary

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.

Full Itinerary

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled at Russell County Public Library

TimeMonday, December 21, 2020–Saturday, January 30, 2021
LocationRussell County Public Library

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
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