Exhibition Opening!

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia

A free exhibition at the Library of Virginia running January 13–December 5, 2020, We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.


Save the Date! April 25 Voorhees Map Lecture

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts the 17th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Featured speakers Dr. Larry Tise and Andrew Lawler present "English Impressions of Virginia & Its Inhabitants before Jamestown: English Mapping and Iconography of the New World.”


Library Hosts a New Civic Conversations Series

Civic Conversations, the Library’s new small-group discussion series, premiered on January 8 with outstanding attendance for the topic of monuments. Held on the second Wednesday evening of the month, each event begins with a short segment from a documentary film, followed by a roundtable with input from a moderator and historical expert from the Library. February’s conversation, on the historical ramifications of nonviolent activism, includes a clip from the film Freedom Riders.


Support the Library of Virginia in 2020

Every year your donations contribute to the Library's ability to collect, protect, and share the history and culture of Virginia. You can make your gift by printing and mailing this form, going online, or by calling Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813.


Virginia State Seal Items on Sale at the Virginia Shop Online

Visit the Virginia Shop online this month for discounts on Virginia State Seal merchandise. In honor of the General Assembly session, online purchases of these products are 30 percent off in January!


Eliza House Trist journal cover, Special Collections, University of Virginia

From the UncommonWealth blog:

Eliza House Trist & Thomas Jefferson: 

A Friendship and a Woman’s Journal of Westward Exploration

We’ve all heard the story of Lewis and Clark: Two brave men, sent by Thomas Jefferson, were tasked with exploring the westward Louisiana territory in 1803. However, do you know of the woman who traversed the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers two decades before that, and kept a journal at the behest of Thomas Jefferson?

Few do. Let’s remedy that, shall we?


Ongoing through December 5, 2020

We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia

Saturday, January 25


Saturday, January 25

The Western State Hospital Experience