Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Staff Kick-off Breakfast and Archives Month Proclamation Reading
Time: 8:15-9:00am
Place: Pre-Function Hall
LVA Staff Only

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Richmond Archives Fair
Time: Noon-4:00 PM
Place: Lobby
What do archivists do? What types of collections are at the Library of Virginia? The Virginia Historical Society? Representatives from several Richmond-area institutions will talk informally about their holdings, publicize collections, provide informational handouts, and answer questions for the general public.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Archaeologists in the Archives
Time: Noon
Place: Conference Rooms
Join us in celebrating Archives Month and Archaeology Month. Christopher L. McDaid, regional archaeologist for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, Northeast Region, will discuss how archaeologists can combine archival documents with archaeological excavations to present a fuller, more complex history then either documents or archaeology alone could produce. His current research into Hampton, Virginia’s, colonial taverns will serve as the focus of this discussion and provide examples of the use of documents and archaeology.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Archives Trivia Contest
Time: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
LVA Staff only
A variety of archives-related questions (e.g., archival profession, collections, history of the Library, etc.) will be emailed every hour to all LVA staff. Winners will receive a prize!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Virginia Archives in Our Lives
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Author Coy Barefoot will talk about his seven years of research on the award-winning The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia. He will discuss the importance of archives and archivists: how they preserve histories, how they tell stories, and how history often begins with materials tucked away in a shoebox or in a high school yearbook. The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. Barefoot is director of communications and alumni relations for the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Expecting the Unexpected: Hysterical, Weird, and Strangely Important Items and Requests in Archival Records
Time: Noon
Place: Conference Rooms
"Why is this here?" "You think you are who?" "Oh my, I didn’t need to know that."

Join the discussion of the surprising, the odd, and the bizarre! Staff members who work at the reference desk, access material, and process archival collections encounter many intriguing items and patrons. Panelists will detail some of their experiences, explain why their institutions house what they do, and share some of the most entertaining patron questions. Speakers include E. Lee Shepard, director of archives and manuscripts, Virginia Historical Society; Lucious Edwards, Jr., university archivist, Virginia State University; and the Library of Virginia's State Archivist, Conley Edwards.


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