February 2021 Events
virtual presentation

Project Update | Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

TimeWednesday, February 3, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative examines records in the Library of Virginia’s collections for hidden histories and often overlooked stories detailing the lives of free and enslaved Black and multiracial individuals in the commonwealth prior to 1870. By connecting a patchwork of historical government and private materials, stories of resilience and determination against incredible legal and social obstacles can emerge. Join local records program manager Greg Crawford and senior local records archivist Vince Brooks for a project overview, digitization update, and tips on using this free digital resource. They’ll also share advice on using primary source documents from Virginia Untold in the classroom, in keeping with the recommendations from the Governor’s Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth. For more information, contact Sonya Coleman at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com.


A recording of this presentation will be available on the Library of Virginia Facebook page and YouTube profile following the event.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, February 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

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 Thomas and Beal in the Midi by Christopher Tilghman (2020 Fiction Award winner). 


In March we'll discuss Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract by Philip J. Deloria (2020 Art in Literature Award winner).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. These books are also frequently 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.

closing

Closed for George Washington’s Birthday Holiday

TimeMonday, February 15, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

book talk

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family

TimeThursday, February 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Join us for a virtual genealogical book lecture by retired physician and geneticist Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. Part personal quest, part testimony, part historical correction, the book is the saga of an extraordinary American family told by a griotte in search of the whole story. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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book talk

WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES VIRTUAL EVENT: ELIZABETH CATTE

Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

TimeThursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Please join us online for a talk by author and historian Dr. Elizabeth Catte on her book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. The state’s 20th-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, but rather a manifestation of white supremacy, a form of employment insurance, a means of controlling “troublesome” women, and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book will be available for pre-order soon from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, February 27, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required

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.

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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 Henrico County Public Library (Fairfield Branch)

TimeMonday, January 4, 2021–Saturday, February 13, 2021
LocationHenrico County Public Library (Fairfield Branch)
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 Historical Society of Western Virginia

TimeMonday, February 1, 2021–Saturday, March 13, 2021
LocationHistorical Society of Western Virginia
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, February 1, 2021–Saturday, March 13, 2021
LocationCulpeper County 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.

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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond at Virginia Beach History Museum

TimeMonday, February 8, 2021–Saturday, March 20, 2021
LocationVirginia Beach History 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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We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia at Loudoun County Public Library

TimeMonday, February 15, 2021–Saturday, March 27, 2021
LocationLoudoun County 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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True Sons of Freedom at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library

TimeMonday, January 25, 2021–Saturday, April 17, 2021
LocationCentral Rappahannock Regional Library (Salem Church Branch)
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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