Category Archives: Event

Richmond’s Journey From The End Of Slavery And Civil War To Today


This April is the culmination of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War and the end of American slavery. To mark this occasion, a series of programs will take place in Richmond, VA on April 1-4 to explore the fall of Richmond, the beginning of Emancipation, and how those events shape our present. See this  press release  or visit the website Richmond’s Journey to learn more about the scheduled events. Several participants are part of Virginia Heritage including VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library Special Collections and Archives, the Virginia Historical Society, and Virginia Union University.

Virginia Tech hosting THATCamp in April


The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Virginia will take place on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA on April 10-11, 2015. Registration is now open, through the website,, which also has information about the schedule and lodging.

Please circulate this announcement broadly among faculty, librarians, and students across Virginia who are interested in the intersection of technology and the humanities. You can follow THATCamp Virginia through twitter @THATCampVA and #thatcampVA. Questions about THATCamp Virginia should be directed to Andrew Kulak ( and Kate Good (, Graduate Research Assistants in the Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities.

Support for THATCamp Virginia is provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, University Libraries, Technology–enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, and the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Happy Virginia Archives Month!

October is Archives Month. All across the country events will be held to celebrate archives and Virginia is no exception. Since 2002, archivists from around the Commonwealth have participated in this celebration by creating posters and holding special events to promote the amazing materials found in cultural institutions across the state. This is a chance for us to share what we do with others and get the word out about wonderful collections that enrich all of our lives. We invite you to join the celebration. The Library of Virginia hosts a calendar of Archives Month events for the state. You can also find all of the images from this year’s poster on Flickr, as well as all of the posters from previous years. Of course we invite you to visit archival institutions this month and any month of the year because Archives are for Virginians!

2014 Virginia Archives Month posterVirginia Archives Month Proclamation

Book talk at VCU – Scalawag: A White Southerner’s Journey Through Segregation to Human Rights Activism

When: March 18, 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284

VCU Libraries celebrates the release of the autobiography of noted civil-rights activist Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Jr., with an evening panel discussion featuring Dr. Peeples in a conversation on his life’s mission with his book contributors, Dr. Nancy MacLean and Dr. James H. Hershman, Jr., moderated by Dr. John Kneebone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow.

This event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to March 14, 2014.

Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library is home to the Edward H. Peeples, Jr. papers. For additional information about Peeples and his paper please see the finding aid found on Virginia Heritage.

About the book

Scalawag: A White Southerner’s Journey Through Segregation to Human Rights Activism is the autobiography of Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Jr. It tells the story of a white working-class youth who became an unlikely civil-rights activist. Born in 1935 in Richmond, where he was taken to segregated churches and sent to segregated schools, Peeples was taught the ethos and lore of white supremacy by the white adults around him. But by age nineteen, he had become what the these people called a “traitor to the race.”

At Richmond Professional Institute (the forerunner to VCU on the Monroe Park Campus), Peeples was encouraged by a lone teacher to think critically. Peeples found his way to the black freedom struggle and began a long career of activism. He challenged racism in his U.S. Navy unit and engaged in sit-ins and community organizing. Later, as a VCU professor, he agitated for good jobs, health care and decent housing for all; pushed for the creation of courses in African American studies at VCU in the early 1970s; and worked toward equal treatment for women, prison reform and more.

Covering fifty years’ participation in the civil-rights movement, Peeples’s gripping story brings to life an unsung activist culture to which countless forgotten individuals contributed, over time expanding their commitment from civil rights to other causes.

Scalawag Book Launch - Book Jacket

Black History Month Lecture at VCU

A Century of Strides: African-American Girl Scouts and the Pursuit of Equality in Virginia

When and where: February 4, 7:00 PM, W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Virginia Commonwealth University’s 12th annual Black History Month lecture will feature Viola O. Baskerville.  Long involved in elective politics at the city and state levels and now CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Baskerville talks about African-American involvement in Virginia Girl Scouting throughout the organization’s 100-year history, focusing on the important work of Scout leaders from Richmond, Norfolk, Fredericksburg and beyond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested, to assist us with the planning of the event and to facilitate seating. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to January 31, 2014.


Santa Sightings at William & Mary

Santa Sightings: featuring illustrations from the Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection

Earl Gregg Swem Library Lobby
400 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, Va.

6 December 2013 to 6 January 2014 (Library is closed Saturday, Dec. 21-Wednesday, Jan. 1)

Clement C. Moore’s enchanting tale of the mysterious Christmas Eve visitor, St. Nicholas, is a holiday classic that is well known throughout the world. Moore, a noted theologian and biblical scholar, wrote this poem more than 180 years ago at the request of his children. Nancy H. Marshall started collecting editions of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas, over 45 years ago.

At first, she bought inexpensive books to put in her children’s stockings and decorate her home during the Christmas holiday. As time passed, her collection became more comprehensive, acquiring both rare and scarce early editions and more contemporary 20th century editions. After having spent more than a decade as the Dean of University Libraries at the College of William & Mary, Marshall began donating her collection to the Special Collections Research Center in the Swem Library in 2005. Today, students, scholars, and visitors young and old enjoy the many treasures of the Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection.

Continuing our annual tradition, this year’s exhibit features lines from Moore’s poem describing St. Nicholas while showcasing the collection’s vibrant illustrations and diverse interpretations of his appearance.

Clement C[lark] Moore. Illustrated by Nobel Ives. The Night Before Christmas. Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bro's, Inc. 1920.

Clement C[lark] Moore. Illustrated by Nobel Ives. The Night Before Christmas. Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bro’s, Inc. 1920.

Curator: Andrea Alvarez, Undergraduate Volunteer, Class of 2014. Exhibit design: Andrea Alvarez and Jennie Davy, Burger Archives Specialist, with assistance from Andrew Cavell, SCRC Graphics Assistant, and Anna Wallace, Undergraduate Student Assistant.

Through the Perilous Fight: Book Talk and Reception at W&M

Swem Library at the College of William & Mary welcomes W&M alumnus Steve Vogel, author and reporter for The Washington Post, to campus to discuss his new book, Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation, which tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem. Event to be held Friday, Nov. 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Swem Library’s Botetourt Theatre, ground floor. Cocktail reception and book signing to follow presentation. Books available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Further information can be found at