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Milestones: Listening to Progressive Women: The Virginia Feminist Oral History Collection


VCU Libraries celebrates the 3-millionth addition to its library collections in 2018 with a series of events called Milestones. The events highlight the 2,999,999th volume (an oral history collection featuring second-wave feminists in central Virginia), the 3,000,000th volume (a seminal new book about treatment of traumatic brain injury, co-authored by David X. Cifu, M.D., chair of VCU's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and the 3,000,001st volume (an artists' book by VCU alumna Colette Fu).

The 2,999,999th volume is The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, 2013ā€“2014 by Megan Shockley, Ph.D., a collection of born-digital oral histories made available online through Special Collections and Archives via a finding aid. Shockley's donation of this material makes it possible for VCU Libraries to preserve and provide access to the voices of second-wave feminists throughout Virginia. In a talk titled "Listening to Progressive Women: The Virginia Feminist Oral History Collection," she discusses her work on and findings from the project. A reception follows the talk.

This event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Speaker

Megan Shockley, Ph.D., is the author of the forthcoming book, Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970sā€“2000s, which draws from the oral histories that make up The Virginia Feminist Oral History Project, the 2,999,999th volume to be added to VCU Libraries' collection. She is also the author of Changing History: Virginia Women Through Four Centuries (with Cynthia Kierner and Jennifer Loux), The Captain's Widow of Sandwich: Self-Invention and the Life of Hannah Rebecca Burgess, 1834ā€“1917 and 'We, Too, Are Americans': African American Women in Detroit and Richmond, 1940ā€“1954. She teaches courses in museum studies, heritage tourism, digital history and women's history at Clemson University. She is the coordinator of the Public History Emphasis Area Program and supervises internships and is a project manager on the Palmetto History Project.

Banner image: Virginia Capital, courtesy of the Virginia State Government