January 2021 Events

Closed for New Year’s Day Holiday

TimeFriday, January 1, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

virtual presentation

Reading Old Handwriting

TimeMonday, January 11, 2021 from 4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Whether you’re using the Library of Virginia’s collections for research or transcribing archival documents on Making History: Transcribe, tune in for these tips on deciphering the past. Please join experienced editor John Deal and circulation and archival assistant (and expert transcriber!) Anna Moulis to learn about special characters, common abbreviations, and other challenges to reading old handwriting.

Hosted on Zoom—no registration required. For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.

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Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

TimeMonday, January 18, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, January 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM

Crowdsource with us! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.

Each session will focus on one or more of these three crowdsourcing projects (depending on document availability):

After Library of Virginia staff members introduce the platform and demonstrate the activity, volunteers will work independently for the remaining time. Participants can share their screens and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Information about joining through Zoom will be emailed the week of the event.

Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians—the famous, infamous and even anonymous—and join us in Making History.

Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required.

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions

Unfinished Business

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

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.


We Demand:

Women's Suffrage in Virginia

TimeMonday, January 13, 2020–Friday, May 28, 2021
LocationExhibition Gallery and Lobby

The year 2020 marked 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. 

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