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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
December 2014

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Holiday Schedule

The Library of Virginia will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 24, through Saturday, December 26, 2014, for the Christmas holiday. We also will be closed from Thursday, January 1, through Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Time to Nominate Virginia's Finest

Are you a Virginia author with a 2014 book to your credit? An author with a 2014 nonfiction book out on a Virginia topic? A publisher with the next best seller among its clients? An avid reader who loves books on Virginia subjects or by local authors?

Now is your chance to nominate books for the Library of Virginia's 2015 literary awards. The deadline to nominate books for the annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards is February 12, 2015...

Please Remember the Semper Virginia Society in Your End-of-Year Giving

The Semper Virginia Society provides support for Library of Virginia programs, including acquisition of materials, conservation of our collections, the continued digitization of our archive, and funding for the exhibitions and educational programs. Your tax-deductible gift before December 30 will help us continue...

VCOG Honors Kaine E-mail Project at Annual Conference

VCOG Logo The Kaine E-mail Project at the Library of Virginia is the 2014 government winner of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government's annual open government awards. The award was presented by VCOG's president at its annual conference on November 14 in Roanoke.

A team of archivists at the Library has, for the past four years, combed through the 1.3 million messages sent and received by the members of Governor Timothy Kaine's administration, including correspondence from the former governor himself. Along the way, the team has painstakingly...

Register Now for the "Person of the Year: 1865" Symposium on February 21

Two pairs of famous generals involved in fateful surrender negotiations. One president re-inaugurated, assassinated, martyred, and deified. Another pursued, captured, and imprisoned, yet unbroken. An "accidental" president left to govern a reunited nation. A war's winners determined to make the losers pay for their alleged crimes. A few men and women fated to be scapegoats for a war that had become very uncivil. Women determined to bury, count, mourn, and honor their respective dead. Four million formerly enslaved people determined to make the most of their freedom. These are some...

State Law Library Offers Resource on Supreme Court of Virginia Justices

The Virginia State Law Library is pleased to announce the availability of a new resource on the Virginia Judiciary website, Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779–present. This online biographical directory can be accessed directly at scvahistory.org or from the judicial branch website at www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/library/home.html.

The directory features biographical information (and a portrait, if available) on each justice who has served on the Supreme Court of Virginia since 1779. Audio recordings and transcripts of oral histories...

VFH Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Live BackStory Program at Library of Virginia

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities announces "BackStory to the Future...Live!" a special event hosted in partnership with the Library of Virginia in celebration of the Foundation's rich 40-year history, compelling programs, and shared commitment to shaping a more promising future. The event will take place on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:30–6:45 PM at the Library of Virginia.

At the event, renowned historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf will perform a special live version of BackStory with the American History Guys and take questions from the audience. Lecture Hall seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; overflow seating with show simulcast will also be available. Doors will open at 5:15 PM and the program will begin promptly...
Fun & Free at the Library

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Online Genealogy Research
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon, $15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)
Many libraries and archives are digitizing their collections to provide easier access for users. Join senior reference archivist Kelly Sizemore to learn how to find digitized records online to help in your genealogical research. For more information, contact Adrienne Robertson at 804-692-3001. Class size is limited to 12 people. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/prn26da.

Monday, December 15–Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Friends and Family Holiday Sale at the Virginia Shop
Time: Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia
We're celebrating our friends and family this holiday season with a special sale in the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia. A large variety of holiday and regular merchandise will be marked down up to 50% off the original price and full-priced items will be 10% off.

As a bonus to Semper Virginia Society members, we're extending the mark down to 20% off all full-priced merchandise in the Library store over the course of the sale.

Join as a new or renewing member and receive a whopping 30% off your entire purchase of full-priced merchandise! Visit us online at www.thevirginiashop.org/foundation-membership.aspx or call Jennifer Blessman at 804-692-3561.
Holiday Sale

Wednesday, December 24—Saturday, December 27, 2014
The Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27.

Thursday, January 1—Saturday, January 3, 2015
The Library of Virginia will be closed for New Year's Day holiday.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Administrative Offices Closed
Administrative offices closed for Lee-Jackson Day. Lobby, reading rooms, exhibition, and stacks will be open.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Library will be closed so the reading rooms can be open Lee-Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holidays.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Administrative Offices Closed
Administrative offices closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Lobby, reading rooms, exhibition,and stacks will be open. 

Through Saturday, May 30, 2015
To Be Sold To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Saturday
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free
This groundbreaking exhibition will explore the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold will draw from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and be anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia.

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