For #NationalHotDogDay we found this 1960s Howard Johnson's Big-Little League Hat Menu, featuring the delicious grilled frankfort. The spiral incisions allowed the menu to bend around the head. The breakfast portion of the menu formed the brim. Who wore one of these unique menus? For more interesting ephemera, follow us on Tumblr: #hojo #howardjohnson #hatmenu #ephemera #menu #vintage

7/19/2017 9:29:21 PM 3

We recently received this beautiful glass award: CoSA Council of State Archivists Advocacy for Archives Award Presented to The Library of Virginia In recognition of the advocacy effort undertaken by Library Board members and staff that restored critcal funding to ensure public access to the American historical record. Thank you to CoSA and our advocates! @statearchivists #thisislva #virginia #history #statearchives #librariesofinstagram

7/18/2017 8:12:53 PM 1
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Leaping into a new week like... #repost @dancersofrva ・・・ A special THANK you to our friends @libraryofva for blessing us with the opportunity to shoot and create amongst their books and in their home! We felt so loved and welcomed! #community #collaboration #thisislva Featured dancer - the super talented and lovely jumper Mandy from @stavnaballet Photo credit @giannagracephoto #librariesofinstagram #virginia #dance #rva

7/17/2017 3:59:06 PM 3

Maggie L. Walker was a long-time member and leader in the Independent Order of St. Luke, an African American beneficial society. Ms. Walker travelled the country on behalf of the organization giving speeches and launching membership campaigns. Are you attending the Maggie Walker Monument Unveiling tomorrow? The LVA named Maggie Walker a Virginia Women in History honoree in 2000. We're excited to share Broad Street with this amazing leader! #maggielwalker #maggielwalker nationalhistoricsite #rva #virginia #history #womenshistory #blackhistory #statue

7/14/2017 4:30:16 PM 2

Happening now: We're happy to host teachers from all over the country studying Brown v. Board with the NEH's "The Long Road From Brown" workshop!

7/11/2017 9:29:53 PM 0
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Not only did we have special guests Jon Kukla and Sarah McConnell tonight, but Patrick Henry also posed for a quick photo with our Librarian, Sandra Treadway!

7/7/2017 12:12:33 AM 1

We're so excited to host Jon Kukla while he talks about his new book, "Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty" with Sarah McConnell, producer and host of radio's "With Good Reason." Great talk so far!

7/6/2017 11:28:08 PM 0

We had some special visitors last week at the library! Check out the @dancersofrva blog for the full image set. Thanks for visiting! ・・・ "Once I’d remembered the thrill of performing, of telling a story, of portraying a character, of connecting with an audience, I wasn’t ready to give that up." Meet Mandy @stavnaballet Photo credit @giannagracephoto Beautiful bookshelves @libraryofva #thisislva #libraries #libraries ofinstagram #dance #dance r #books

7/6/2017 7:56:28 PM 3

Ever wonder what it's like to be an archivist? Yesterday, Circuit Court Records Preservation archivists travelled to Halifax County Courthouse in Halifax County, Virginia. There, they inventoried some of the localities older records in a closed storage area. #archives #archivist #thisislva #lvaontheroad #librariesofinstagram #virginia

6/28/2017 10:23:27 PM 0
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We're pleased to announce that our research areas and reading rooms will once again be open six days a week (Monday through Saturday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Saturday, July 8. #thisislva #RVA #virginia #history

6/28/2017 9:50:21 PM 4

This stately Snowy Owl might be an ancestor to Harry Potter's loyal pet, Hedwig. On the twentieth anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, we celebrate not just the books and characters, but the love of reading this series taught many young readers. That's a magic all it's own! Plate 32, "Snow Owl" from American Ornithology by Alexander Wilson, 1808-1825. #harrypotter #harrypotter 20 #owl #imaginarygenealogy #readingismagic

6/26/2017 9:33:04 PM 1

Thank you to our volunteers this weekend! It is so inspiring to connect with history like this. Repost @bbymulatto ・・・ Evocative, startling, beautiful, tear-jerking are a few of the words I could use to describe helping out at @libraryofva transcribe documents from their "Virginia Untold" archive that is slowly being uncovered to tell the neglected and untold narrative of black people in Virginia. So frickin amazing and I cannot wait to dig deeper into these . . . . . . . #vauntold #lvatranscribe #crowdsourcing #virginia #history #thisislva @handsonrva

6/26/2017 5:38:07 PM 3
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Here's a sneak peek of an upcoming Google Arts & Culture exhibit for #NationalPollinatorsWeek . This "Common Humble-bee (B. terrestris)" illustration is a hand-colored copperplate engraving from the fantastically titled "Melisselogia, Or, the Female Monarchy: Being an Enquiry Into the Nature, Order, and Government of Bees, Those Admirable, Instructive and Useful Insects..." by John Thorley. London, 1852. Stay tuned for more! #bee #bees #pollinator #summer #savethebees #librariesofinstagram #rarebooks

6/23/2017 9:01:03 PM 0

Today we hosted St. Catherine's School faculty to come and learn about all of our wonderful resources! Also pictured is Ginny Dunn, our Archives & Reference Manager, one of the many people here who can help you with your research!

6/15/2017 4:50:04 PM 3