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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
August 2016

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Library of Virginia Announces Finalists for the 19th Annual Literary Awards

Nine authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia's 19th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from 196 books nominated for the awards. The winners in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced at a gala celebration on...

Library of Virginia Announces Publication of Civil War Echoes edited by James I. Robertson Jr.

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the publication of Civil War Echoes: Voices from Virginia, 1860–1891, edited by James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech. Dr. Robertson is the author or editor of more than 20 books on the American Civil War, including a definitive biography of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, which received the Library of Virginia's first literary award for nonfiction...

Coliseum Model Is a Nominee for Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

The Library of Virginia has nominated the Richmond Coliseum Architectural Model (1968) for consideration as one of Virginia's 2016 Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

Virginia's Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program is designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in care at museums, libraries, and archives throughout the commonwealth and in the District of Columbia. Twenty institutions have nominated items that they believe tell a significant story and deserve to be recognized on this prestigious...

Society of American Archivists Recognizes Barbara Teague as SAA Fellow

Barbara Teague, current director of the Government Records Services Division of the Library of Virginia and recently retired Kentucky State Archivist, was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists during a ceremony at the Joint Annual Meeting of the SAA and the Council of State Archivists in Atlanta, July 31–August 6. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by the SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions...

Library of Virginia to be Site for 2016 Datathon Challenge

The 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge, a competition inviting citizens, students, and government teams from across the state to come together to create innovative workforce solutions, will be held on August 25–26 at the Library of Virginia. Participants will have two days to take a new, highly enriched, and curated "Jobs Demand" dataset and turn it into actionable information that will support the governor's goal of filling the 250,000+ open jobs...

Mandela Washington Fellows Visit the Library of Virginia

On July 18, a group of 25 members of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders visited the Library to learn about two transparency and open government initiatives: the Kaine E-mail Project @ LVA and Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative. Roger Christman, senior state records archivist, discussed the Kaine E-mail Project and...

Library's Newest GCI Exhibition Focuses on Election Ephemera

The Library of Virginia is participating in a themed launch to showcase archival materials, objects, and stories related to the history and evolution of elections in America sponsored by Google Cultural Institute. The content will be grouped in a dedicated section on the GCI website. Dana Puga, the prints and photographs collection specialist at the Library, created Running for Office, an exhibition...

Join Us for Our Transcribe–a–aversary on August 27, 2016, at the Library

Many of you may already be familiar with our Making History: Transcribe project. Through this website, we ask anyone with an internet connection and some free time to help us transcribe items in the Library of Virginia collections. By crowdsourcing transcriptions, we are able to make items more searchable in our digital repository, more readable for future users, and open to digital humanities textual analysis.

For over a year, we have partnered with volunteer hub HandsOn Richmond to offer transcribe-a-thons each month at the Library. Twenty spots fill up each month, and for two hours those volunteers work on everything from Freedom Suits of enslaved persons to WPA...

Fun & Free at the Library
Saturday, August 27, 2016
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Transcribe–a–versary
Time: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Network Training Center and Conference Rooms
This is an extended version of our monthly volunteer transcribe-a-thon, organized with HandsOn Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Registration required.

Saturday, September 3, 2016–Monday, September 5, 2016
The Library will be closed for the Labor Day weekend.

Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade
Time: 1:00–2:30 PM, Free
Place: Lecture Hall
Charles Dew, one of America's most respected historians of the South and slavery, will reflect on his powerful autobiography of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. He rejected his racist upbringing and became a scholar. His intent with The Making of a Racist is to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grownups put so much hate in the children?"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Time: 12:00–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak about the selections he chose to include in Civil War Echoes and why the Civil War 150 Legacy Project collection is so important. Published as the final project of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Civil War Echoes captures the thoughts and feelings of men and women who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War using excerpts from letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life through the Commission-sponsored Civil War 150 Legacy Project . Copies of Civil War Echoes will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop at the Library, or by phone at 804-692-3524 or online at www.thevirginiashop.org for $19.95.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
See program description in previous calendar entry. A reception follows this evening talk.

Friday, September 16, 2016
Genealogy Workshop: Emigration and Naturalization Records of Virginians, 1657-1929
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM, Fee: $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members). Pre-registration required.
This workshop provides tools for those doing genealogical research on foreign-born ancestors who came to Virginia, focusing on emigration and naturalization records from the years 1657–1929. Part 1 covers laws and records concerning naturalization for colonial Virginia (1657–1776). Part 2 covers federal laws for naturalization and related Virginia records (1776–1929). For registration and more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/h8zzz77.

Through March 2, 2017
First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free
Brown Institute logoNo one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance.

The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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