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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
August 2011


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Library of Virginia Announces Finalists for the 14th Annual Literary Awards

Nine authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 14th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. One additional author will receive honorable mention...

Register Now for African American Genealogy Workshop

The Library of Virginia will offer Researching Your African American Ancestors: Genealogy to 1870 on September 29 from 10 AM to noon. Cara Griggs, reference archivist at the Library of Virginia, will discuss methods and resources for African American genealogy...

Library Implements Infolinx

The Library of Virginia has implemented a new, unified box-and-schedule management system to serve its customers more efficiently. Infolinx replaces six databases serving ten departments and affects approximately 70 staff members...

Circuit Court Records Program Grants Preserve Our Legal Heritage

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that the Circuit Court Grants Review Board has awarded $375, 859 to 47 grant projects. The board reviewed 54 applications from 46 localities...

Literary Luncheon Features Earl Hamner and Bill Persky

On October 14 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Virginia author and the recipient of the Library of Virginia’s 2011 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award Earl Hamner will be joined by fellow writer Bill Persky for a lively exploration of the effect television has had on viewers from its early days...

Mark Your Calendar for the National Book Festival

Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on September 24 from...

12th Annual Slatten Lecture to Feature Elizabeth Shown Mills

Elizabeth Shown Mills returns for a farewell tour as the speaker for the 2011 Slatten Lecture at the Library of Virginia on Saturday, September 17, presented by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives. The incomparable Mills, who is one of the most influential genealogists of our time...

The Virginia Shop "30 for 30" August Special

Only 30¢ shipping on all orders placed through the Virginia Shop Web site all month long! Visit us at www.thevirginiashop.org and start shopping!
Byers' Choice Santa pre-orders are not included in the August 30 for 30 special.

Baseball Great Cal Ripken Named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

This September, Baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card. As the honorary chair of...

2011 JRW Conference to Be Held at Library in October

The 2011 James River Writers Conference will be held at the Library of Virginia October 7–8. Among featured speakers are Robert Goolrick, Tayari Jones, Karl Marlantes, Kathi Appelt, Kitty Kelley...

Freedom of Information Award Nominations Sought

Do you know someone who works hard to keep Virginia state or local government open and accountable? Have you read an article, seen a television show, or heard a radio program that...

Library Board Sets Meeting Schedule

The Library Board has set its meeting schedule for July 2011 through June 2012. The 15-member board will meet in Richmond at the Library of Virginia on...

Virginia Beach Public Library Tapped as Pilot Partner for Mobile Storytelling Application

The Virginia Beach Public Library is one of several organizations, including the Associated Press and National Trust for Historic Preservation, selected as pilot partners for the launch of a mobile storytelling application called Tagwhat...
Fun & Free at the Library
All events are free and take place from noon until 1 PM in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia unless otherwise noted.

The Virginia Plan: William B. Thalhimer and a Rescue from Nazi Germany Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop, 804-692-3524
"Books on Broad" Featuring Ellen Crosby: The Sauvignon Secret
Virginia author Ellen Crosby will join us for the release of her newest wine country mystery, The Sauvignon Secret, featuring vintner sleuth Lucie Montgomery. The evening will include samplings of Virginia wines. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served followed by author talk and book signing.

Saturday–Monday, September 3–5, 2011

Closed for Labor Day Holiday weekend

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Virginia Divided: The Forgotten First Campaign
Hunter Lesser, a native West Virginian and a consulting archaeologist and historical interpreter, will discuss how the mountains of Western Virginia were a proving ground for soldiers and statesmen in 1861. Here Generals George McClellan and Robert E. Lee squared off in the opening campaign of America’s Civil War. While armies battled, Virginia Unionists defied the Confederates in Richmond by forging a new state government in Wheeling. Soldiers, civilians, and politicians come to life in this overlooked but compelling chapter of Virginia history.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Display of the Virginia’s Copy of the Bill of Rights
In commemoration of Constitution Week the Library of Virginia will display one of the Commonwealth’s treasures—Virginia’s1789 manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights, one of only 12 surviving original signed copies of the document. This piece of Virginia’s and the nation’s history is rarely on public display. At noon there will be a reading of the Bill of Rights by a costumed town crier.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Display of the Virginia’s Copy of the Bill of Rights
In commemoration of Constitution Week the Library of Virginia will display one of the Commonwealth’s treasures—Virginia’s1789 manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights, one of only 12 surviving original signed copies of the document. This piece of Virginia’s and the nation’s history is rarely on public display.

Through Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases
Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia’s historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides, Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.

Through Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays, 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center
The Struggle to Decide: Virginia’s Secession Crisis
An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: Would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.

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