Traveling Exhibition Schedule

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Exhibition-Related Events


Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library’s Collections

Saturday, March 10 | 9:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room | Cost: $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Registration required:

Looking for a unique way to ignite your creative spirit this March? Find sparks for compelling stories, poems, songs, drawings, and other creative arts by experiencing the True Sons of Freedom exhibition. Explore wartime correspondence, stereographs, and posters, as well as curious artifacts from collections not related to war, such as unclaimed property from safety deposit boxes. In this workshop led by poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat, you’ll see original artifacts up close, learn how to find and access digitized records, discuss guidelines for ethical use of sources, and kindle your imagination—all in the company of creatives like you. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet if you’d like (not required). Both emerging and experienced writers and artists are welcome. Class size will be limited to 16 participants. Minimum age is 16. This is the second in a three-part series, with one more workshop to come in 2018. For more information, contact or 804.692.3999.


Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919

Tuesday, April 10 | Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join author and historian Lynn Rainville as she discusses her new book, Virginia and the Great War: Mobilization, Supply and Combat, 1914–1919. The state played an important role during World War I, supplying the Allied forces with food, horses, and steel in 1915 and 1916. After America entered the war in 1917, Virginians served in numerous military and civilian roles—Red Cross nurses, sailors, shipbuilders, pilots, stenographers, and domestic gardeners. Almost every city and county lost men and women to the war. Rainville details the state's manifold contributions to the war effort and presents a study of monuments erected after the war. A book signing follows the talk.


To Provide for the Common Defense: Virginia Military Records Research

Friday, June 8 | 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms | Cost: $15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Registration required:

The Library of Virginia is the most important repository of military records of Virginians who served in various ways from Virginia’s founding in 1607 to the end of World War II. Presenters Tom Crew and Ginny Dunn will cover records unique to the Library, as well as records available here on microfilm and in digital format from institutions such as the National Archives, including printed resources. Service in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars I and II, and lesser-known conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the French & Indian War will be highlighted, along with militia service through the centuries.


Facebook Live Pop-Up Talks

Place: Library of Virginia Facebook page

Watch our Facebook page for Pop-Up Talks on topics related to the True Sons of Freedom exhibition. These short videos will appear once a month during the exhibition's run. To view past videos, go to our Facebook page and select "Videos" from the list of options.

The exhibition will be available at the Library of Virginia from January 16, 2018-November 9, 2018.