March 2021 Events
panel discussion


Virginians & Their Histories

TimeThursday, March 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
PriceFree, but registration required

Join us for a panel discussion on Virginians and Their Histories, a groundbreaking work of scholarship from historian and author Brent Tarter, a retired editor at the Library of Virginia. Published by the University of Virginia Press in collaboration with the Library of Virginia, the book presents a fresh, new interpretive narrative that incorporates the experiences of all residents of Virginia from the earliest times to the first decades of the 21st century. Tarter will discuss how the book reflects recent, groundbreaking scholarship and fresh perspectives on Virginia history with Virginia Commonwealth University history professors Sarah Meacham and Brian J. Daugherity. The book is available at the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Emma Ito at or 804.692.3726.

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book club

Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, March 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

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:

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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 Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract by Philip J. Deloria (2020 Art in Literature Award winner). 

In April we'll discuss a Poetry Roundup for Poetry Month.

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



How to Trace Your Virginia Roots 

TimeFriday, March 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

Library of Virginia archivist Amanda Morell and reference services librarian Ann-Marie Hatton introduce you to the types of records in the Library’s collections to help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. We encourage you to view the resources available on our Family History Playlist on YouTube before attending the workshop. Contact Ashley Ramey at or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group

TimeTuesday, March 16, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South by Chip Jones (2020). Next month, we'll discuss White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia by Kiki Petrosino (2020). Check your local public library to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers. For more information, contact Rebecca Schneider at or 804.692.3550.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA

TimeSaturday, March 27, 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 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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