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COLONIAL FOUNDERS DAY: And Searching RPL’s New Catalog

Posted about 6 days ago by kathryn Coker
In 2004, the Virginia General Assembly designated May 14th as Colonial Founders Day.  So, I decided for this blog to give a short historical overview of Jamestown and then launch […]
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Earth Day 2021

Posted about 4 weeks ago by Lisa Crisman
“In nature, nothing exists alone.”— Rachel Carson, 1962 Even if a big Earth Day celebration is not happening in RVA, there are events going on virtually. From National Geographic’s Earth […]
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Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust

Posted about 1 month ago by kathryn Coker
In 1979, Congress designated the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH), an annual 8-day commemoration with tributes and special educational programs to help us remember and learn […]
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Celebrating National Poetry Month

Posted about 1 month ago by Alexandra Zukas
Hello, readers! Not only is this week National Library Week (and coincidentally, RPL’s reopening week), but it’s also currently National Poetry Month! I’ll admit that I haven’t always found poetry […]
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Jailed For Freedom: Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse

Posted about 2 months ago by kathryn Coker
Lorton, Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse,built in 1910 and originally used to hold prisoners completing short sentences for offenses like disorderly conduct, played a key role in women’s suffrage history. National Woman’s […]
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New Richmond Public Law Library Book Club

Posted about 3 months ago by kathryn Coker
The Richmond Public Law Library is launching the bi-monthly Oliver W. Hill Book Club on Monday, March 8th online. The club is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill (1907–2007), […]
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Explore Black History Across America

Posted about 3 months ago by Katherine Daigle
The roots of Black History Month spans back to 1926 when what is now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), established the second week […]
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Posted about 5 months ago by kathryn Coker
Presidential Proclamation On November 27, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating  December 15 as Bill of Rights Day. The proclamation read in part: The first ten amendments, […]
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Commemorating Native American Heritage Month

Posted about 5 months ago by kathryn Coker
Part II: Virginia’s Native Americans Virginia’s Earliest Inhabitants Virginia’s earliest inhabitants were hunters and gatherers who tracked the migratory patterns of animals. In time, they formed towns along riverbanks and sketched […]
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Posted about 6 months ago by kathryn Coker
National American Indian Heritage Month Designation  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution authorizing November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Comparable proclamations, under various […]
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