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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
January 2015

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Library of Virginia and THNOC Present March 21 Symposium on Domestic Slave Trade

The Library of Virginia and The Historic New Orleans Collection, through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, are presenting "To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans," a daylong free symposium simulcast from Richmond and New Orleans on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The symposium complements the Library of Virginia's To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the sale and transportation of enslaved Virginians to the Deep South...

Snuggle Up with Curious George at Your Local Public Library

Curious George The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce Snuggle Up with Curious George, the 2015 winter reading program focusing on children from 18 months to five years old. This is the sixth year that the Library has offered a winter reading program. For more than two decades the Library has sponsored the hugely popular summer reading program in the state's public libraries. The winter reading program is designed to instill a love of reading in young children by having the child's parent or other special adult read to them. The month-long program will begin on February 2 at local public libraries...

Strong Men and Women Essay Contest Winners Announced

Please join the Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power in congratulating the winners of the student essay contest for the 2015 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program. This program highlights eight African American leaders and their achievements.

High school students in Virginia were invited to participate in the annual essay contest. Four winning essays were chosen, one from each of the four regions in Virginia that Dominion Virginia Power serves. The contest winners receive a prize of an Apple iPad.

Rare Authentic Artifact on Display at the Library

Artifacts in museum collections across the United States document the legacy of Southern slavery, but in many cases little to no provenance exists for these pieces. The demand for these grim reminders of slavery on sites like Ebay raises questions of authenticity. Recently, a museum in Virginia purchased items from a Pennsylvania auction house only to find that the pieces were fraudulent. Nevertheless, certain rare artifacts with detailed histories tell us a great deal about their importance and symbolism. One such artifact, a slave collar owned by the Massachusetts Historical Society, is now on display in the Library of Virginia's exhibition To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade.

On May 31, 1862, a detachment of Union cavalry set out from the newly occupied city of New Orleans to confiscate weapons on surrounding plantations. Captain Samuel Tyler Read, a college educated, 26-year-old native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, led his troops to a plantation outside New Orleans...

SRC Reading Room Now Open by Appointment Only

Effective January 1, the Library of Virginia's State Records Center reading room, located at 1998 Charles City Road in Henrico County, will only be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays by advance appointment only. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Please call no later than 4:30 PM the day before the Wednesday or Thursday that you plan to visit to make an appointment. There will be no same-day appointments. Also effective in 2015, the Library will transfer up to three boxes per patron from the SRC to the Library for patron use with advance notice by 3:00 PM on Fridays. The...

Database Spotlight

Papers of John Marshall Digital Edition

Library of Virginia users now have on-site and remote access to the Papers of John Marshall database. This title is part of the University of Virginia's American Founding Era collection and provides the complete contents of the print volumes in a searchable format. The American Founding Era texts document the lives of some of the most important political figures
 in our nation's history and are a valuable...

Library of Virginia Offers Collaborative Education Project on Slave Trade

A collaborative education project, Mapping the American Slave Trade, brings students from the Richmond and New Orleans areas together to learn about the interstate slave trade in America from many different perspectives. Students will receive a set of primary sources from the Library of Virginia (LVA) and The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) and work together using a digital platform. High
 school teachers and their classes from schools in both areas will collaborate on the project during the spring 2015 semester. Classes from the Richmond area will be paired with partner classes from New Orleans to research and write context for primary source documents that highlight the interstate slave trade. The classes will showcase their work on an interactive online map, provided by MapScholar, a free, online platform for geospatial...
Fun & Free at the Library

Wednesday, January 14, 2015—Saturday, February 28, 2015
Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.
Please note that the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, will be in session for 45 days beginning January 14. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time.

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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Life and Love of Slave Trader Silas Omohundro
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free
Scholar Alexandra Findley chronicles the life of Silas Omohundro, a Richmond slave trader, and the African American woman he took as a wife.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Fee
Join Library of Virginia archivists as they help introduce you to the types of records that are held in the Library's collections and help you get started with your genealogy research. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. For registration information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/o/adrienne-robertson-6504598681?s=31424249

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Joys and Challenges of Historical Research
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Joanne Yeck and Shelly Murphy, longtime researchers  at the Library of Virginia, will join Vincent Brooks, the Library's senior local records archivist, in an informative discussion of the practical challenges of working with burned counties, incomplete records, and African American family histories.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Solomon Northup and the Tragic Voyage of the Orleans
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol, Senate Room 3,  Free
Arizona State University scholar Calvin Schermerhorn recounts the life of Solomon Northup, the central character of the movie 12 Years a Slave, and his voyage on the slaver Orleans as a case study of the complexities of the interstate slave trade.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
To Be Sold Symposium: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans
Time: 9:00 AM–5:15 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free, but reservations required. vamem.com/03-21-2015
"To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans" is a day-long symposium that will take place in both Richmond, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Morning sessions will be held in Richmond and simulcast in New Orleans, while afternoon sessions will be held in New Orleans and simulcast in Richmond. Participants at both locations will be able to engage in live discussions with attendees and presenters at both sites.

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. 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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