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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
July 2015

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Barbara Teague Is Library's New Director of Government Records Services

Barbara Teague Current Kentucky State Archivist and Records Administrator Barbara Teague has been selected as director of the Government Records Services Division at the Library of Virginia. She has 32 years of experience in archives and records management having begun her career at the Kentucky Department for Library and Archives processing circuit court records. She will assume her new...

Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund Supports Fellowships and Teacher Institute

The Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund, generously endowed by Ellen and Orran Brown in honor of his parents, Anne and Ryland Brown of Forest, Virginia, is a legacy to their lifelong belief in the power of education to improve an individual's well-being and that of his or her family. The Brown Teacher Research Fellowship provides Virginia educators the opportunity to research and study a specific aspect of Virginia history and produce educational resources to support the Library of Virginia's ongoing exhibition and education programs. The award includes a generous stipend as well as an allocation to cover registration fees...

CCRP to Award Grants to Localities

At its June meeting the Circuit Court Records Grants Review Board evaluated 63 grant applications and voted to fund 58 projects for $903,697. Among the items to be conserved are deed books, marriage registers, minute books, will books, and order books. These records are vital to surveyors, genealogists, title searchers, and attorneys. They represent some of the earliest city and county records and offer information on the history and development of localities. Many are in fragile condition: torn, soiled, or brittle. Some have been laminated...

Hampton Roads Group Features Kaine E-mails in Open Government "Hack-a-Thon"

One of the Library of Virginia's newest online collections was recently hacked, and we could not be more excited. The Kaine E-mail Project (www.virginiamemory.com/collections/kaine) has caught the attention of a group of civic hackers called Code for Hampton Roads (http://code4hr.org). As the local chapter of the Code for America Brigade, Code for Hampton Roads provides opportunities for people to marry technological skills with a desire to foster open government and improve communities through...

Governor McAuliffe Announces the Completion of Major Project to Index and Digitize Virginia Vital Records

On June 2, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the completion of a two-year, public-private collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Ancestry.com that fully digitizes the state's vital records. To date, more than 16 million records have been digitized and indexed. Scanned images of the original public documents are available online through Ancestry.com. Access to the indexed information about the records is available free of charge through the websites of both the Library of Virginia and VDH's Division...

Library and King Commission Present Panel Discussion on Legacy of the African American Delegates

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and Library of Virginia will present a free public forum on the legacy of the African American Delegates to the 1867–1868 Virginia Constitutional (Underwood) Convention and the 1869–1890 Reconstruction legislators, cosponsored with the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia as a part of the King Commission's commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The event will be held on Monday, July 6, 2015, 6:30–8:30 PM, in...

Library Receives Grant for a Preservation-Needs Assessment

The Library of Virginia was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to participate in a preservation needs assessment program administrated by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. This program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The assessment will review the Library's preservation needs with regard to environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution, and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, disaster preparedness, storage, handling, exhibition, treatment, and...

Newspaper from Virginia's "Little Switzerland" to Be Preserved

The Library of Virginia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the publisher of the Highland Recorder, a weekly newspaper published in Monterey, the seat of Highland County, to allow the Library's Virginia Newspaper Project to preserve and provide online access to the Recorder through preservation microfilming and digitizing.

Founded in 1877, the Recorder offered its readers a wide variety of material, serving as the county's primary source for news and more. For example, page 1 traditionally included a poem, a short story, and a sampling of national and international...

Fun & Free at the Library

Monday, July 6, 2015
Family Reunion: African American Descendants of the Underwood Convention Delegates and Reconstruction Legislators
Time: 6:30–8:30 PM
Place: House Room 3, State Capitol,  Free but space is limited. RSVP to bedwards@dls.virginia.gov 
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission will present a free public forum on the legacy of the African American delegates to the 1867–1868 Virginia Constitutional (Underwood) Convention and the 1869–1890 Reconstruction legislators, cosponsored by the Virginia House of Delegates, the Senate of Virginia, and Library of Virginia as a part of the commission's commemorative events for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The panelists include the Honorable Viola O. Baskerville, former secretary of administration and a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Ajena Rogers, a historian, a supervisor/ranger for the National Park Service's Maggie Walker National Historical Site, and a descendant of an African American member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Juanita Owens Wyatt, a King Commission member and also a descendant of African American members of the Virginia House of Delegates; and the Honorable Mamie E. Locke, vice chairwoman of the King Commission and chairwoman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Lauranett L. Lee, curator of African American history at the Virginia Historical Society. For additional information, please contact Brenda H. Edwards, Division of Legislative Services, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, 201 North Ninth Street, Richmond, VA 23219; bedwards@dls.virginia.gov or (804) 786-3591, ext. 232. Persons planning to attend this program should enter on Bank Street.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
"I Am a Soldier Now": United States Colored Troops in Virginia's Civil War
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Approximately 180,000 African Americans served in the Union army during the Civil War, and many more African Americans served in the Union navy. At least 5,723 black soldiers were mustered into service in Virginia, although Virginia-born and -raised black troops likely joined in other locations. Emmanuel Dabney (Petersburg National Battlefield Park), James Price (historic site manager of the Ben Lomond Historic Site and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Woodbridge), and Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) will discuss the history of the United States Colored Troops and the role they played in shaping Virginia's Civil War experience. This program complements Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation.

Friday, August 8, 2015
Find Your History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
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. Event registration and more information.

Saturday, September 5, 2015—Monday, September 7, 2015

Closed for Labor Day weekend

Opening Monday, July 6, 2015
Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Saturday
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free
Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction.

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