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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
June 2014

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LVA and HOME Collaborate to Offer Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference

Through August 23, 2014, the Library of Virginia will host Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, a traveling exhibition. The multimedia exhibition of nine maps created by Brian Koziol, director of research and consulting services of Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME), uses geographic information systems to show the unique history of the Richmond metropolitan area. The maps examine the connection between public policy and economic development in the Richmond region through a fair housing lens. Also on display will be historic maps from the Library's collections that highlight the evolution of the city's neighborhoods and the role that policy makers have played in shaping neighborhood demographics. The exhibition will be on display on the second floor of the Library.

Where you live makes all the difference, but that difference has a history. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and...

More Kaine E-mails Available Online

Although the Library launched the Kaine E-mail Project back in January, the work of adding more content to the collection and spreading the word about the project has not stopped.

On May 13, we released another 44,534 e-mails—this time from the Kaine Policy and Communication/Press Offices—bringing the number of e-mails freely available online to nearly 111,000. We've had wonderful, supportive responses from the public, the press, and our colleagues in the archives world.

When staff members aren't busy processing all of that content, they are busy promoting it. Roger Christman, Susan Gray Page, and Ben Bromley have been...

Register Online for an LVA Library Card

Library of Virginia patrons can now register online as well as in person for a library card. Residents of Virginia may now obtain a library card by completing an application form and mailing or e-mailing it along with a copy of their driver's license or ID with a current address. A card will be mailed to your residence within two weeks. The application is...

Rewarding Virginia's Warriors: Commemorating 70 Years of the GI Bill

The Library of Virginia will present a display of materials in its reading rooms from June 16 through July 19 commemorating 70 years of the Serviceman's Readjustment Act—or, as it is commonly known, the original GI Bill. Signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on June 22, 1944, the GI Bill provided a wide range of benefits for veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education, and vocational training.

According to a 1988 congressional study, the original GI bill cost $14 billion and returned more than $100 billion to the government in the form of increased income taxes paid by these veterans over the next 35 years of their work life. In other words, the government's investment in veterans' higher education returned $7 for every dollar invested. Under the legislation, educational costs included tuition, lab fees, books, health insurance, and supplies.The Library's display will highlight Revolutionary War land bounties, petitions for pensions, and...

LVA Attracts a Crowd during NGS Conference

What happens when 2,593 dedicated genealogists come to town for the annual National Genealogical Society conference? Many of them arrive at the Library of Virginia before 9:00 AM ready to research ancestors, solve mysteries in family trees, and visit the treasure trove of genealogical information on those who were born, lived in, or started out in Virginia.

NGS last held its annual conference in Richmond in 2007. In those halcyon days before the economy tanked, the Library had 200 employees. In 2014, the staff numbers 140, thus, the agency-wide call for staff volunteers during the conference. More than 50 staff and agency volunteers responded to the call and found themselves with...

Virginia Libraries to Participate in Read and Feed

Virginia public libraries are joining forces with the Virginia Department of Health, No Kid Hungry, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, SODEXO Foundation, Wal-Mart, Kaiser Permanente, and the Virginia Department of Education to connect children to summer meals during the long summer months. Through NoKidHungry.org/Virginia, parents and caregivers can find sites offering free summer meals in their area. No Kid Hungry has provided online resource materials for libraries including a website widget to promote the program.

Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free...

People's Choice Voting Closes June 30

For more than decade the Library of Virginia has offered the People's Choice Awards as part of its annual literary awards. Fiction and nonfiction finalists for the People's Choice Awards are drawn from the list of books nominated for the literary awards.Voting for the People's Choice Awards is open through June 30. You can...

2014 Legacy Symposium on the War of 1812 held June 21

The Virginia Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Commission is sponsoring the Legacy Symposium on the War of 1812. On Saturday, June 21, from 8:15 AM until 4:00 PM at Hampton University, historians and scholars will discuss "the forgotten war," which marked the first invasion of the United States by a foreign power and helped establish the United States as an international power.The eminent historians and scholars featured include: Donald Hickey, author and professor of history at Wayne State College; Dr. Gene Allen Smith, author of The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812, and professor of history...
Fun & Free at the Library

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. To register, visit

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Mapping Inequality in Richmond Panel Discussion
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
In conjunction with the exhibition Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, the Library of Virginia will host a panel discussion featuring John Moeser, senior fellow at the University of Richmond's Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and Brian Koziol, from HOME. Dr. Gregg Kimball, director of public services and outreach at the Library of Virginia, will moderate the discussion. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions following the talk and will then be invited to join the panelists on a guided tour through the exhibition.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free
With its darkly candid sense of humor, Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters reveals the wilder side of middle school, where students embrace their inner animal and go native. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 pm, book talk 6:00–7:00 pm, and book signing 7:00–7:30 pm.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
History of Botany Lecture
Place: Lecture Hall, Free
Donna Ware, professor emeritus at the College of William and Mary, discusses the history of botany in Virginia. Ware served on the Flora of Virginia Project's board. For the project's book, she contributed a treatment for one of the plant families and (with author Nancy Hugo Ross) a chapter on the history of botanical exploration in the state. Presented in conjunction with the Library's current exhibition, Flora of Virginia.

Friday, July 4-July 5, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed for the Independence Day weekend.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Elizabeth R. Varon, Langhorne Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will discuss and sign her thought-provoking examination of the substantive and symbolic meanings of the surrender at Appomattox. Varon dispels many of the simplistic myths surrounding the surrender and explains the ongoing struggle that persisted in the newly united nation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"BOOKS ON BROAD" FEATURING MARC LEEPSON | What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life is a full-length biography of Key, the first in more than 85 years. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Through Saturday, August 23, 2014
Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference
Place: Voorhees Map Reading Room, Second Floor
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) presents Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, a multimedia exhibition of nine maps created using geographic information systems to display a unique history of the Richmond metro area. In this iteration of the traveling exhibit, maps from the Library of Virginia's holdings will be presented alongside the maps created by HOME's director of research, Brian Koziol. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children.

Monday, June 16–Saturday, July 19, 2014
Rewarding Virginia's Warriors:  Commemorating 70 Years of the GI Bill
Place: Reading Rooms, Second Floor
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
The GI Bill turns 70 this year. Prior to this groundbreaking legislation being signed into law in June 1944  by President Franklin Roosevelt, postwar benefits for veterans  were skimpy and spotty at best. This display of pre-World War II portions of the Library's military collection highlights Revolutionary War land bounties, petitions for pensions, and post-Civil War applications for prosthetics. Artifacts from Hanger, Inc, a prosthetic company founded by Virginian James Hanger after the Civil War will also be on display.

Through Saturday, September 13, 2014
Flora of VirginiaFlora of Virginia
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall
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.

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