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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
February 2012


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Library Inks Agreement with VFH for Content Collaboration with Encyclopedia Virginia

On January 26 Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway and Robert C. Vaughan, III, president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, participated in a ceremonial signing of the Library's agreement with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to publish historical content from the Dictionary of Virginia Biography and other Library collections on Encyclopedia Virginia. One of the first visible signs of this new endeavor is that the Library of Virginia's logo is now on the Encyclopedia Virginia's homepage...

Library Names Eight as 2012 Virginia Women in History

The Library of Virginia is recognizing a World War II intelligence agent, a Bronze Star recipient from Operation Iraqi Freedom, a midwife, an award-winning composer, a colonial innkeeper, a historian, a principal in a civil rights case, and a business executive and philanthropist as the 2012 Virginia Women in History recipients. In celebration of Women's History Month, on March 29, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM, the Library will honor the eight outstanding women who are featured in the 2012 Virginia Women in History program at an awards ceremony. The evening's program, hosted by May-Lily Lee of public television's Virginia Currents, will be...

Lost & Found Exhibition Examines the Constantly Changing Fabric of Our World

Fading black-and-white photographs and yellowing handwritten letters in a safe deposit box. The records of a historic African American business found in a dumpster. The conscious decision to destroy private papers. The destruction of archives by chance and nature. All illustrate what we collect and value in our cultural landscape...

Library Board Member Named 2012 YWCA Outstanding Woman

Community leader and Library Board member Carole Weinstein has been recognized for a 2012 Outstanding Women Award by the YWCA in the education category. Weinstein's background in education ranges from teaching at St. Catherine's School in Richmond, to serving as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Richmond, to serving as a trustee at Davidson College. Appointed to the Library Board by Governor Tim Kaine in 2006, Weinstein was reappointed for a second term on the Board by Governor Bob McDonnell...

Grant Awarded to Support State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Virginia State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) has been awarded a $12,688 State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

The grant will help support Archives Month activities throughout the commonwealth in October, allow SHRAB to hold two board planning meetings, and enable the Library of Virginia to sponsor a full-day conference for Virginia's historical and genealogical societies. The conference will provide an avenue for the exchange of ideas and help...

Virginia Shop Offers Online Sale

In celebration of the written word, the Virginia Shop is offering online shoppers a 30 percent discount on all paper goods in February. Sale items include notepads, sushi-themed stationary, writing sets, knitter's notepads, and eco-friendly journals. If you're in town visiting your state senator or delegate, remember to stop by our other location. The Virginia Shop in the Capitol Building offers unique gifts related to Virginia and political history, U.S. geography, and items specific to the Virginia Capitol and the state seal. All proceeds from the Virginia Shop support the programming and preservation efforts of the Library of Virginia...

Donations Enrich the Library's Collections

Last year, in conjunction with a book talk on War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II, the Library of Virginia put out a call for donations of primary source materials reflecting the World War II experiences of everyday Virginians. As word spread across the country by means of USA Today and Associated Press articles, the Library was gratified by the strong response. Many of those who contacted us expressed surprise that the Library collected items such as personal letters and photographs from ordinary individuals...

Library Offers E-Resources Focusing on the Civil War

For those with an interest in the American Civil War (1861–1865), the Library of Virginia library card offers instant access to the American Civil War Research and Proquest Civil War–Era databases. Together these resources provide a wealth of information including military records, newspaper articles, photographs, statistics, and much more. Just visit the Library's Using the Collections page to start your research today...

Archivist Road Show Highlights Chancery Causes

During the months of October and November, Library of Virginia Local Records archivists delivered presentations on chancery suits to the Tazewell County Public Library, the Scott County Rotary Club, the Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society, and a group called the Beautiful Older People in Dinwiddie County. They explained what chancery causes are and how the records are useful not only for genealogy research but for shedding light on local history as well...

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.

Brown's Battleground Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia
In 1954, when the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education was announced, Prince Edward County abolished its school system rather than comply with the Supreme Court's ruling. Hear author Jill Titus tell the story of the seismic changes brought on by the court's decision and Virginia's move to resist desegregation. She illustrates the ways that ordinary people, black and white, battled, and continue to battle, over the role of public education in the United States. A book signing follows the talk.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Library will be closed so that reading rooms can be open on George Washington's Birthday holiday on Monday, February 20, 2012.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 African American Trailblazers Program and Reception
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Lobby
Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804-692-3900 by February 16 to RSVP.
Eight honorees–from the past and present–who have had a significant impact on the history of Virginia will be honored at this celebration. A reception follows the program. Sponsored by Dominion, with media sponsor the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Person of the Year: 1862"
Time: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Fee: $35 for Museum members and Library donors and $50 for others (including a box lunch). Reservations and pre-payment are required. For information, contact John Coski, 804-649-1861, ext. 31, or jcoski@moc.org

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Scrapbook of Secrets "Books on Broad" Featuring Mollie Cox Bryan: Scrapbook of Secrets
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop
Virginia author Mollie Cox Bryan, best known for her Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant cookbooks, will discuss and read a selection from her debut novel, Scrapbook of Secrets, the story of an investigative scrapbooker in Cumberland County, Virginia. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30-6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15-7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15-7:30 PM).

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee
Place: Lecture Hall
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Thirty-five spellers from throughout central Virginia will compete for the chance to represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The students are the top spellers from 32 county and city school systems, plus the home, Catholic, and private school divisions.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

2012 Virginia Women in History Program and Reception
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804-692-3900 by March 22 to RSVP. Join the Library of Virginia as it recognizes eight outstanding Virginia women–past and present–who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. A reception follows the program. Sponsored by Dominion with media sponsor the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography: The Chesapeake Bay
Place: Lecture Hall
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
The 2012 Alan M. & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography features two lectures separated by a short intermission: "Chesapeake Change: Four Centuries of Shifting Venues" by estuarine ecologist and environmental historian Dr. Kent Mountford and "Impacts of Rapidly Rising Sea Levels on the Erosion of the Islands and Low-lying Areas of Mid-Chesapeake Bay" by environmental science professor Dr. John Court Stevenson. This event includes a special one-day exhibition of maps relating to the talk from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and behind-the-scenes tours of the Library. Box lunches will be available for purchase at noon. For more information, visit www.lva.virginia.gov/maps or call 804-692-3813.

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