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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
April 2014

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NEH Grant to Support To Be Sold Exhibition

The Library of Virginia has received a grant for $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, the first exhibition to examine the development of the visual culture and material world of the American slave trade through art, artifacts, and documents. Grant funds will be used to implement traveling and online versions of the exhibition, educational workshops, and a one-day symposium examining the American domestic slave trade through paintings and engravings of British artist Eyre Crowe.

To Be Sold will raise awareness of the scope of the domestic trade in American-born enslaved people that developed after the United States ended its participation in the international trade in 1808. The panel exhibition and programs will feature Crowe's surviving paintings—Slaves Waiting for Sale and After the Sale—which provide some of the most powerful and compelling visual evidence of the domestic slave trade in antebellum America. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade...

Cycling Events to Cause Street Closures

Richmond Cycling 2015The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships will be held in Richmond, May 2–4, 2014. Approximately 400 athletes from 100 universities will compete in a time-trial course in downtown Richmond that passes the Library's front door on Friday, May 2; on a shorter criterion course just to west of the Library on Saturday, May 3; and on a road course that will also pass the Library on Sunday, May 4. Organizers hope that the event will draw a crowd of about 10,000, people based on the number of competitors and schools involved in the race. The largest impact on the Library will be the closing of Broad, 8th, and 9th streets on Friday, May 2. Access to the parking deck will be difficult that day. Traffic will also be a problem on Saturday, May 3, due to closed streets to the west of the Library, but 8th and 9th streets should be open. Tim Miller, chief operating officer of Richmond 2015, agreed to meet with his traffic engineering people to devise....

Genealogy Workshop Series at the Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia houses a vast collection of materials and records documenting the lives of Virginians. Delving into those records to explore your family's history can be an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. We are now offering an ongoing series of workshops to help you with your quest. Geared to all levels of expertise, the workshops will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research.Future plans for the program include half- and full-day workshops, multiday conferences, and online webinars—with content for beginner, intermediate, and experienced...

Donation to Assist in Digitizing Historical Roanoke-Area Newspapers

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Newspaper Project are excited by a generous donation from Sherry Highberger of Wilmington, North Carolina, to assist in the preservation and digitization of Roanoke-area newspapers.

The gift of $35,800 has been earmarked for the Newspaper Project staff to process local historical newspapers in order to make them accessible online through the Library's newspaper database, Virginia Chronicle. The titles will be fully text searchable. More than a dozen local titles will be considered for the project and work on the project will get underway this spring.

The reason for the donation might best be explained in Highberger's own words:

"Some of my ancestors came to Roanoke City from Montgomery County, Virginia. Quite by accident, while searching Ancestry.com, I found several Montgomery County newspaper articles mentioning that my grandmother...

Church and Costley to Serve with National Groups Exploring Continuing Education and Online Learning

Cynthia Church, continuing education consultant at the Library of Virginia, has been selected to represent CE coordinators on the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies' Coordinating Committee for the CE Connector Function.

Church will provide insights and recommendations for collaboration among state libraries while proactively engaging her peers to benefit from their input and...

Drawn & Observed in Nature on Display

Vol I Plate 7Visitors to the 2M level of the Library of Virginia can view a colorful display of digital images of several North American birds selected from the 76 hand-colored engravings that accompany the descriptions in American Ornithology by Alexander Wilson (1766–1813). This beautiful set of books, published in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1825, was conceived by Wilson as "a collection of all our finest birds," and is considered the first comprehensive work on American natural history. The Library is proud to have the entire set of American Ornithology, which was included in the first published catalog of the Library of Virginia's collection, A Catalogue of the Library of the State of Virginia, 1828.

Wilson was painstaking in his meticulous drawing, attention to detail, and accurate coloring of each bird. He was a writer and a poet who used engaging narrative prose to describe each bird species in scientific and artistic terms. He considered his work...

IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders

Today's libraries are developing new ways to help their communities maximize educational and economic opportunities. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary federal funder of the nation's 123,000 libraries, is launching a series of meetings to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about future IMLS funding strategies, particularly for the agency's National Leadership Grant program. The kickoff event, to be held at the New York Public Library on April 29, will examine how IMLS can best support national digital initiatives.IMLS deputy director for Libraries Maura Marx will lead the series of nationally webcasted meetings with library leaders and other experts. IMLS invites broad participation via the webcasts and social media. Library professionals and the public are invited to....
Fun & Free at the Library
Starting Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Virginia General Assembly Special Session Reconvenes. Parking at the Library will be very limited.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Apples of North America Culinary Event: Lecture & Tasting with "Professor Apple" Tom Burford & Albemarle Ciderworks 
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free
Tom Burford, also known as "Professor Apple," brings five generations of apple cultivation knowledge to bear in his new book, Apples of North America and is a consultant to Albemarle Ciderworks in North Garden, Virginia. Representatives will be on hand to offer samples and background on one of the fastest-growing drinks in the beverage industry. Book talk 5:30–6:30 PM, tasting and book signing 6:30–7:30 PM. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition Flora of Virginia

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Flora Illustration Demonstration
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free, but attendees are encouraged to register by calling 804-692-3719.
Lara Call Gastinger, one of the Flora in Virginia illustrators, demonstrates the use of pen and ink, watercolor, and other media in the accurate rendering of plant life.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Family Day
Time: 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Lobby & Conference Rooms, 
The Central Virginia Botanical Artists present a variety of ongoing interactive activities including a plant dissection, demonstrations, needle arts, and leaf rubbing among others.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Back Roads: People, Places and Pie from Around Virginia
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  FREE
Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Bill Lohmann and photographer Bob Brown have traveled around Virginia for many years. Back Roads: People, Places and Pie from Around Virginia features a collection of Brown's photographs from the road with insights from Lohmann that tell the stories behind the pictures. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 pm, book talk 6:00–7:00 pm, and book signing 7:00–7:30 pm.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Mrs. Poe
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, 
Lynn Cullen will discuss and sign her new novel, Mrs. Poe, inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle: Edgar Allan Poe, his tubercular young wife, and a lady poet. Closely based on Poe's life and writings, and rich with authentic historical detail, Mrs. Poe is a novel of romantic obsession, set in the fascinating world of New York's literati scene of the 1840s.

Friday, May 30–Saturday, May 31, 2014
Third Annual Antiquarian Book Fair
Don't miss the commonwealth's premier rare-book event featuring more than 40 of the region's finest dealers in mass-market titles, rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, and ephemera. The Library of Virginia hosts the Antiquarian Book Fair in conjunction with the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and with the support of the Southeast Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America. Friday, May 30: noon–8:00 pm (with wine-and-cheese reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm). Saturday, May 31: 9:00 am–3:00 pm.

Friday, June 6, 2014
Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Fee
Geared for beginners, this workshop will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research. This is part of an ongoing series of workshops on researching your family history. Future plans for theprogram include half- and full-day workshops, multiday conferences, and online webinars—with content for beginner, intermediate, and experienced genealogists. To register, go to www.thevirginiashop.org/findyourhistory.aspx.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Day Trip To Historic Lexington, Virginia
Time: 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
Cost: $100 ($75 for Semper Virginia Society members)
The Library of Virginia has arranged a day trip to beautiful and historic Lexington, Virginia. Join us for a private tour of the James G. Leyburn Library at the campus of Washington and Lee University, conducted by Tom Camden, head of Special Collections and Archives and a former staffer with the Library of Virginia. Among the collection are the Robert E. Lee Papers, the Jessie Ball duPont Papers, and the George West Diehl genealogical collection. Lunch will be on-site, followed by a tour of the Lee Chapel and Museum. Wrap up the day at the Marshall Museum at the Virginia Military Institute. Fee includes transportation, lunch, tours, and morning and afternoon refreshments. Bus leaves the Library of Virginia at 8:00 am and returns at 6:00 pm. Register online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/lexingtonvirginiadaytrip.aspx. For more information or to register call 804-692-3561.

Monday, March 17-September 13, 2014
Flora of Virginia
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Discover the power of the flower. Delve into Virginia's natural environment through Flora of Virginia, an exhibition featuring hundreds of colorful illustrations from the Library of Virginia's collections. Learn fun facts about Virginia's native plants. Examine the history of botanical description and illustration. Explore the personalities behind the folks who collected and described these plants. Try your hand at sketching a specimen at the drawing station. Check our Web calendar for information about exhibition-related events.

Thursday, May 1-31, 2014
Central Virginia Botanical Artists
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby Under the Stairs
To complement the Library's exhibition Flora of Virginia, the Central Virginia Botanical Artists will mount an exhibition of works by members of the CVBA.

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