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Monday, September 25, 2017  |  Calendar of Events 

EXHIBITION
Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.

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Library of Virginia Announces Finalists for the 20th Annual Literary Awards
Nine authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 20th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from hundreds of books nominated for the awards. The winner in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced at a gala celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Library of Virginia.

Virginia Family History Day 2017
A new Virginia-focused African American genealogy and history conference, a genealogy workshop, and related events—combined under the heading “Virginia Family History Day”—make up the first of what organizers intend to be an annual offering, held this year at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Friday and Saturday, September 15–16, 2017.

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The Library of Virginia’s new website, Making History: Connect, gathers feedback and opinions on Library projects and services. The more you tell us what you like, or what we're missing, the better we can meet your needs.


What's New In The Collections  |  Archive 

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
January 1 - March 31, 2017

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.



Featured Events

BOOK TALK WITH ALYSON L. TAYLOR-WHITE<br>Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History
BOOK TALK WITH ALYSON L. TAYLOR-WHITE
Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Author Alyson L. Taylor-White charts the history of the celebrated Shockoe Hill Cemetery and brings to life the stories of those buried there. Established in 1822, the cemetery is the final resting place for many famous and infamous icons of Richmond, including Chief Justice John Marshall, the longest-serving chief justice of the United States, and Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, who operated an extensive espionage ring during the Civil War. A book signing follows the program.

 

BroadsideThe magazine of the Library of Virginia Our quarterly magazine describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved. More.

 

 

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