Virginia Capitol Connections Winter 2023

( LVA On The Go will show people how to make the most of these resources to uncover their family’s story and the history of their locality and region of the state. We hope to forge new relationships with communities we have never visited before, relationships that we will continue to nurture in the years ahead. Please check the Library’s website for the schedule of LVA On The Go locations beginning in Spring 2023. Throughout the year we will hold a variety of programs that showcase other aspects of Virginia history found in our collections. In February, for example, we will pay tribute to the first Black members of the General Assembly who served between 1869 and 1902, whose contributions to Virginia history have been overlooked until recently. During Women’s History Month in March, we will feature a panel of current women legislators marking the 100th anniversary of women as members of the House of Delegates. Fun cultural events will also be part of our anniversary mix: a Virginia Food and Wine Celebration in May, a Virginia Folklife event in August, and quarterly First Fridays gatherings with storytelling, open mic, and craft making (in collaboration withVenture Richmond’s monthly tradition celebrating art, culture, and creativity in the downtown Richmond Arts District and beyond). For the past 25 years, the Library has honored Virginia authors and new works about Virginia at our annual Virginia Literary Awards Celebration. Virginia is home to many amazing writers who we have recognized through this program, among them John Grisham, Rita Dove, Lee Smith, David Baldacci, Earl Hamner, Margot Lee Shetterly, TomWolfe, Adriana Trigiani, Geraldine Brooks—and many, many more. In 2023 our signature Literary Awards event will be extra special, involving as many past awards finalist and winners as possible in a weeklong celebration ofVirginia’s literary goldmine. 2023 will not just be about the past but also about the future. The Library enters its third century committed to serving Virginians as a trusted information resource, to continuing to build our collections to reflect the stories and experiences of all people residing in the Commonwealth today, and to helping Virginians make sense of their past so that it empowers their future. As we look ahead toward our third century and strategize about what comes next, I hope you will join us and share your thoughts about what the future of libraries—and of your state library—should be. Sandra Gioia Treadway is the Librarian of Virginia.

Native American warrior Black Hawk, pictured at the center of this 1833 painting by James Westhall Ford, challenged federal policy that forcibly removed Native Peoples from their traditional lands.

Seventy books dating back to the Colonial Council library kept at Jamestown and later Williamsburg remain in the Library of Virginia today, many bearing this distinctive bookplate.


V irginia C apitol C onnections , W inter 2023


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