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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
April 2010


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Library Board Receives Update on Virginia Digital Newspaper Project

At the March meeting of the Library Board, Errol Somay, director of the Virginia Digital Newspaper Project, briefed Board members about the Library’s role in the project. The Virginia Digital Newspaper Project builds on the foundation established by the Virginia Newspaper Project...

Apply Now for the 2010 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship Open to Virginia 412 History and Social Science Educators

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship. The goal of the program is to enhance knowledge and training in history and social science instruction in the commonwealth of Virginia by providing educators with an opportunity for in-depth study and the development of teaching materials...

Biennial Budget Cuts Library

The budget bill that passed the General Assembly several weeks ago contained substantial reductions for the Library of Virginia, as it did for most state agencies. The bill made permanent all of the budget cuts that have occurred since the General Assembly passed its last biennial budget for 2008–2010 and includes an additional reduction for the Library of $537,000...

Celebrate National Library Week, April 1117

National Library Week, April 11–17, 2010, is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians, and library workers in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide...

Civil War and Emancipation Day set for April 17

Mark your calendars and plan to attend Civil War and Emancipation Day at historic Tredegar in downtown Richmond on Saturday, April 17, featuring Union, Confederate, and civilian re-enactors; drills and demonstrations; musical performances; children's programs; and more...

Bust of Revolutionary War Soldier Andrew Lewis Unveiled at Capitol on March 22

A bronze bust of Salem, Virginia’s hero General Andrew Lewis was unveiled on March 22 in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates in the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. On March 22, 1932, an act was passed in the Virginia legislature that authorized busts or other memorials of "Great Virginians" to be installed in the Old House Chamber...

Library of Virginia Offers "Managing Your Personal Records" Workshop on April 29

You’ve just finishing filing your federal taxes after a frantic scramble to gather canceled checks, W-2 forms, medical deductions, receipts for charitable contributions, and distributions from IRAs, pensions, or annuities. There has to be better way...

Second Annual Signature Conference on the Civil War to Be Held in September

Register now for the second of seven annual Signature Conferences sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Noted historians will gather to discuss various aspects of the conference theme: Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory...

Check Out the Newest Unit of Sources on Shaping the Constitution at Virginia Memory!

The Library of Virginia has added units on the 13th and 19th Amendments to Shaping the Constitution on Virginia Memory. Shaping the Constitution, Resources from the Library of Virginia and the Library of Congress is funded through the Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources Initiative...

VGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Virginia Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 16, 2010. Activities include guided research and a leadership summit at the Library of Virginia, and an anniversary banquet at the Omni Richmond Hotel...

Looking Ahead

The Library of Virginia is participating in the 2010 Anthem Stride Through Time 10k walk on June 5. The Library will staff a table featuring, among other things, information about programs and discount coupons for the Virginia Shop. The Anthem Stride Through Time walk showcases Richmond’s treasure trove of historic sites...
Fun & Free at the library in April
Most events are free and are open to the public. For specific locations, times, and details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events.

Unbound Thursday, April 1, 2010

Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival
Dean King, author of the national best seller Skeletons on the Zahara, will discuss and sign his new book, Unbound, the story of the 30 remarkable women who endured the Red Army's legendary Long March. In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Fewer than 10,000 of them would survive, but remarkably all of the women would live to tell the tale.

Friday, April 2, 2010

First Fridays East
Richmond's popular arts and cultural program First Fridays Art Walk makes a special expansion east this spring to connect with the Library of Virginia, Richmond CenterStage, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and University of Richmond Downtown.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mapping the Geology of Virginia, 1740s1890s
Join us for the 2010 Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography sponsored by Massie Energy. Ralph Ehrenberg, an author and internationally recognized authority on the history of cartography, will be the guest speaker. He is the former chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. He will speak on “Mapping the Geology of Virginia, 1740s–1890s.” Maps from the Library's collections will be on display from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Box lunches will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Curator-led Tour of The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Join curator Lisa Goff for an in-depth tour of the exhibition, which explores immigrants’ varied stories and their contributions to the state's increasingly diverse cultural composition. RSVP by April 16 to 804-692-3901. Space is limited.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Me in the Bottom: The Struggle to Reclaim Richmond's African Burial Ground
Please join us for a screening of Dr. Shawn Utsey's documentary, Meet Me in the Bottom, focusing on community discussion about the future of a historic burial ground for enslaved and free blacks located between 15th and 16th streets in downtown Richmond. The film examines community efforts to reclaim the burial ground as a final resting place for its ancestors.

Love in a Time of Homeschooling Thursday, April 22, 2010

Love in a Time of Homeschooling
Laura Brodie will speak about and sign Love in a Time of Homeschooling, her account of the year when she gave her 10-year-old daughter, Julia, a break from her public school routine. The book confronts the realities of short-term homeschooling.

Finding Sara: A Daughter's Journey Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Finding Sara: A Daughter's Journey
Award-winning author and journalist Margaret Edds will discuss and sign her moving and honest memoir of the mother who died when Edds was three years old. Using her mother's letters Edds discovers the mother and the woman she never got to know. Finding Sara is a unique and heartwarming memoir that resurrects a lost relationship and a gentler America.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Becoming a Virginian: Contemporary Immigrants Speak
As a complement to the Library's exhibition The Land We Live in, the Land We Left: Virginia's People, a group of panelists will explore the varied stories of recent immigrants who decided to make Virginia their home and will offer commentary on the impact of Virginia's increasingly diverse cultural composition.

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