Program: Becoming Virginia

Becoming Virginia

400 years ago, in 1619, a series of pivotal events set Virginia on a course toward shaping the American ideals of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. Becoming Virginia: The Early Years explores the cultures, customs, and cuisines of enslaved Africans, Native Americans, and colonists prior to the Revolutionary War.

Featured Events

Exhibitors Wanted for CRRL's Becoming Virginia Festival

Have an idea that ties into the Becoming Virginia theme? Sign up now to offer your knowledge at the festival at no charge!

Beyond Powhatan and Jamestown

Nov 7th | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn about seldom heard of encounters between early Virginia's Native peoples and European colonists.

Becoming Virginia Festival

Nov 9th | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate and commemorate Virginia's early history with demonstrations, games, activities, and more.

Fredericksburg's African American History

Fredericksburg's African American History

Learn about the history of African Americans in Fredericksburg City.

Worlds Collide with Dr. Lauren McMillan

Worlds Collide with Dr. Lauren McMillan

Oct 29th | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The history of interactions between native Virginians, Africans, and Europeans in the first century of the Virginia colony.

Early African American Folktales

Early African American Folktales

Montross & Cooper Branches
Local teacher and gifted storyteller Rita Wagstaff shares oral histories and folk tales through historical interpretations.

Patawomeck Village

Living History at the Patawomeck Village

Nov 2nd | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Explore a traditional village with authentic artifacts, hands-on activities, and more. In partnership with the Patawomeck Tribe.

Early Virginia History

Early Virginia History

Nov 4th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Presented by George Washington Birthplace National Monument.

Exploring the Virginiana Room

Westmoreland's African American History

Learn more about Westmoreland County’s African American history, which dates back to the 17th century.

The Stronghold by Miriam Haynie

The Stronghold by Miriam Haynie

Nov 14th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
A history of the Northern Neck, the land that lies between the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers.

Tales from the New Found Land of VA

Tales from the New Found Land of VA

Travel back in time with stories set in the Old Dominion's earliest years.

Exploring the Virginiana Room

Exploring the Virginiana Room

Nov 12th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about local history and genealogy, with tips on tracing your roots.

Stafford's African American History

Stafford's African American History

From runaway slave Anthony Burns to Palmer Hayden, artist of the Harlem Renaissance, Stafford's historic African American roots run deep.

Spotsylvania's African American History

Spotsylvania's African American History

Learn about African American history in Spotsylvania County.

CRRL History: Virginia Women

CRRL History: Virginia Women

Biographies and essays give a glimpse of the lives of famous and "ordinary" Virginia women.

African American Spiritual Songs

African American Spiritual Songs

Nov 21st | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
History taught by master storyteller Daisy Howard-Douglas, with music by local singers and musicians.

The Birth of Stafford County

The Birth of Stafford County

Nov 5th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Explore the early history of Stafford County with local writer and historian Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor.

Virtual Virginiana

Virtual Virginiana

When you can't make it to the Virginiana Room, check these books, directories, and indices online.

Howell Book Group Special

Howell Book Group Special

Nov 26th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Discuss this compelling history of the first permanent English settlement in America. Copies will be available for pick-up beginning 10/22!
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