Local History and Genealogy Events in the Richmond Room

Posted about 8 months ago by Chloe McCormick
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Summer has been a busy time in the Richmond Room as we have been reorganizing our collections and space on the first floor of the Main Library. As we near the fall, we are excited to offer two local history and genealogy events that draw upon the materials in the Richmond Room:

Introduction to Genealogy Workshop with AAHGS – Wednesday, September 6th from 6-7:30pm

Members of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) will present on how to utilize the resources in the Richmond Room to learn more about family and local history. If you have been wondering about your family’s past but don’t know where to start, this is the event for you. Featured resources will include city and suburban directories, yearbooks, Ancestry.com, NewsBank, and more.


“War and Community” Exhibit Opening – Wednesday, October 18th from 6-7pm

This event will mark the opening of the “War and Community” exhibit based on Elwood Street’s 1940s radio series. The War and Community radio series was aired in over 50 episodes on WMBG between February 1942 and August 1943. The series’ creator, Elwood Street, was involved in the Richmond Community Council and Richmond Community Fund and each episode of the radio series focused on the history of a different social welfare organization in Richmond. The exhibit will include excerpts from the series and highlight some of the local organizations that were featured by Street in the original broadcasts. At the exhibit opening, you will be able to view the exhibit and chat with the curator, Chloe McCormick.


Chloe McCormick

Chloe McCormick is Richmond Public Library's Community Memory Fellow. You can find Chloe in the Main Library's Richmond Room working with local history and special collections. She loves puzzles, baking sweet treats, and going on walks around her neighborhood.

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