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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
June 2012


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Tobacco QueenJubilee Inspires LVA to Pin Photos of Virginia's
Vintage Queens

Do you remember Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Virginia in 2007? Or even 1976? Or perhaps as far back as 1957? Do you remember seeing some of our own Virginia queens at the National Peanut Exposition in Suffolk? Or maybe you remember the crowning of the queen at the Clarksville Regatta in 1951. Are you a Richmonder who remembers the National Tobacco Festival in the 1960s?

If so, do you have a story to share?

It seems as if almost every day there's a new and exciting technology development that could help us market, disseminate, or share ...  

Library of Virginia to Participate in Cultsha Expo on June 23

The Library of Virginia joins the lineup of organizations featured in the Cultsha Xpo region's nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Admission is free and the event runs from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. at the Science Museum of Virginia on June 23. This annual event, presented by CultureWorks, spotlights the  Richmond.


  Cultsha Xpo promotes arts, history, science, and family fun. Free performances (musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance, and more) from local arts and culture organizations will take place ... 

Your Local Library Now Goes Where You Go: Boopsie for Libraries

Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There's an app for that. Library hours or locations? There's an app for that. Download an e-book? Find information fast? There's an app for that, too.


The Library of Virginia has partnered with Boopsie, Inc., to develop a free, mobile application for Find It Virginia that directs users to their local public library resources. Boopsie for Libraries is a mobile library application designed for public and academic libraries.


From any mobile phone connected to the Internet, you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library ...


Biggest Sale of the Year Coming June 18

For one week only—June 18–23—the Virginia Shop is slashing prices and offering a 30 percent discount on everything in the store and online. Stock up on the best birthday, hostess, anniversary, and baby gifts around. Buy some bling, get books for the beach, and be ready for your next dinner party with cookbooks, aprons, mugs, drink ware, and even appetizers. Mark your calendar and be prepared to grab some great bargains!

Project Compass Offers Opportunity for Library Staff to Share Best Practices

Cindy Church, Library of Virginia continuing education consultant, and five public librarians from around Virginia were among library staff members representing 45 states and the District of Columbia who met in Washington, D.C., April 25–26, for the Project Compass National Convening, an opportunity for 215 participants to share ideas in support of public libraries' efforts to meet the urgent and growing needs of communities impacted by the economic downturn.

Church was instrumental in developing the Library of Virginia's program to assist job seekers in writing résumés, searching for jobs online, filing online applications, and even creating e-mail addresses so that résumés and applications could be submitted. The program operated with Library staff donating their lunch hours to assist the public. Nearly 1,500 job ...


NEH Grant to Fund Freedom to Disfranchisement: The African American Experience in Virginia, 1861–1902

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a three-year, $200,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resource grant to the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The grant will help fund Freedom to Disfranchisement: The African American Experience in Virginia, 1861–1902, a project in
which ...

LVA Provides Onsite and Remote Access for Two New Databases

Mid-Atlantic Newspapers (Proquest)
Library of Virginia users now have access to the Mid-Atlantic Newspapers database. This resource offers current full-text coverage of 12 regional newspapers including the Washington Post, Baltimore
Sun, Progress-Index, Roanoke Times, and Virginian-Pilot, as well as selective historical full-text coverage of an additional 14 regional titles. Using this database in conjunction with the Historical Washington Post database (1877–1995) provides Library of Virginia users with full-text access to the ...

Ed Lull and the Virginia Screenwriters' Forum Win Emyl Jenkins Awards

Poetry advocate Ed Lull and the Virginia Screenwriters' Forum are the winners of the annual Emyl Jenkins Award from James River Writers. The awards honor the memory of Jenkins, who passed away in 2010. They aim to recognize organizations and individuals who continue her legacy of inspiring a love of writing and writing education in Virginia. A driving force in the state's poetry world, Lull served four terms as president of the Poetry Society of Virginia, as well as six terms as the ...

Virginia Publications Honored as 2012 Notable Documents

Three Virginia publications have been recognized by the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association as 2012 Notable Documents, including the Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory Project. Most of the titles selected as the best federal and state documents from the previous year

Virginia Writers Club Announces Young Writers' Competitions

The Virginia Writers Club is offering two competitions in 2012: the Young Virginia Writers Club Golden Nib Writing Contest and the Virginia Writers Club Scholarship competition.

The Golden Nib Writing Contest is a middle school and high school student competition. First-, second-, and third-place monetary awards ...

General Assembly Passes FY 2013 State Budget

The Fiscal Year 2013 State Budget includes a budget amendment to provide additional funding for the Library of Virginia's records-management program. The ever-increasing number of electronic records and the development of new technologies was the rationale for the budget request. The amendment allocates an additional $219,000 a year to allow the Library to hire two records analysts and one electronic records archivist to strengthen the records-management program. Recruitment to fill the positions is underway.

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.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Lost & Found Adventure: A Challenge of Historic Proportions!
Time: 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Lobby. Fee: $25 per person with up to six players per team. Register at http://lostandfoundatlva.eventbrite.com

The Library of Virginia and its environs are the setting for an adventure that pits your wits against a series of cunning clues, crafty codes, and ingenious puzzles.

Martha Jefferson RandolphWednesday, June 13, 2012
Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times

As the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph (1772–1836) was extremely well educated, traveled in the circles of presidents and aristocrats, and was known on two continents for her particular grace and sincerity. Yet, as a mistress of a large household, she was not spared the tedium, frustration, and great sorrow that most women of her time faced. Though Randolph's name is familiar because of her famous father, Cynthia A. Kierner is the first historian to place her at the center of her own story, taking readers into the largely ignored private spaces of the founding era. Randolph's life story reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity and shows that women were able to venture beyond their domestic roles in surprising ways.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
"Books on Broad" featuring Chris Semtner:

Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond: The Raven in the River City

Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Chris Semtner, curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond, joins us to discuss his newest book, Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond: The Raven in the River City, which reveals how the mystery, madness, and tragedy that Poe encountered during his time in Richmond, helped shape his life and literature. Refreshments 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).

Friday, June 22, 2012
Brother Goes to Law Against Brother: Researching Church History in the Chancery Causes

Greg Crawford, Local Records program manager, will share examples of church lawsuits in the chancery causes. Rather than settle disputes among themselves, church members often looked to the local court for resolution. The narrative nature of chancery suits makes them a superb primary source for understanding the reasons church members took their disputes to court. The plaintiffs' complaints, the defendants' answers, depositions, and affidavits were generally given by persons associated with the church in some capacity (members, trustees, pastors); therefore, they provide first-person accounts regarding events that led to divisions within churches. Also found in church-related chancery suits are exhibits such as correspondence, church minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and copies of deeds that were used by litigants to support their arguments. These suits can be a tremendous resource for church historians, social historians, local historians, and African American historians.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Cultsha Xpo: Art, History, Science, and Family Fun
Time: Time: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Science Museum of Virginia

Join the Library of Virginia at the Cultsha Xpo to support the community in Richmond. This free event features art, history, science, performances, and family fun. Registered "Cultural Shareholders" will be given a surprise amount of "CultshaBucks"—from $10 to $100—to spend with any organization at the event. Each organization then redeems the CultshaBucks they collected for a real cash donation from CultureWorks.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Closed for Independence Day.

Help Me Find My PeopleTuesday, July 10, 2012
Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery
Time: 6:00–8:00 PM
Lecture Hall
Immediately following the Civil War, African Americans placed "information wanted" advertisements in newspapers, searching for missing family members. Heather Andrea Williams was inspired by the power of these ads and uses slave narratives, letters, interviews, public records, and diaries to guide readers back to the devastating moments of family separation during slavery. Williams explores the heartbreaking stories of separation and the long, usually unsuccessful journeys toward reunification.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"Books on Broad" Featuring Selden Richardson: The Tri-State Gang in Richmond: Murder and Robbery in Antebellum Virginia
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM

During 1930s Prohibition, a group of criminals called the Tri-State Gang emerged from Philadelphia and spread their operations south, through Baltimore to Richmond, wreaking bloody havoc and brutally eliminating those who knew too much about their heists. Join historian Selden Richardson as he recounts the story of this whirlwind of crime and how it finally reached its climax in Richmond. Refreshments 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).

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Almost Free: A Story About Race and Family in Antebellum Virginia
Eva Sheppard Wolf, associate professor of history at San Francisco University, uses the story of Samuel Johnson, a free black man from Virginia attempting to free his family, to add detail and depth to our understanding of the lives of free blacks in the South. After ten years of elaborate dealings and negotiations, Johnson earned manumission in August 1812. He stayed in Fauquier County and managed to buy his enslaved family, but the law of the time required that they leave Virginia if Johnson freed them. Johnson opted to stay.



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