March 2020 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library System. We're located at Bull Run Regional Library and you can always find more about us at pwcgov.org/relic.
Preservation for Home Archives
Archivist Gabrielle Sanchez will introduce participants to the basics of preservation and discuss the best ways to house and protect personal archives. Topics include proper handling of letters, books, photographs, and other media, threats to paper and electronic media, and the dangers of non-archival storage products.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

Battle at Brawner_s Farm
Historian Lionel Raymond will take us through the lead up to and action at Brawner's Farm, a significant episode in the Battle of Second Manassas, August 1862.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

RELIC staff are now preparing for our big move later this spring to Central Community Library. The department at Bull Run Regional Library will be officially closed beginning Monday, April 6, until we reopen at Central in June. While we are "under construction," we still intend to provide research help on a "by appointment" basis. Many of the materials in our collection may be temporarily unavailable, but we expect we can continue to assist you using online resources and materials that have not yet been packed. Please call (703-792-4540) or email us to ask for help with your research questions. We will share further details as they develop.
Save the Date

The Sixth Annual Prince William/Manassas History Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Old Manassas Court House, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas.
Sponsored by the County Historic Preservation Division, the County Historical Commission, Historic Prince William, and the Manassas Museum, this year's topics include:
  • The Freedman's Bureau in Prince William County
  • The Legend of "Stonewall"
  • Prince William County's Frontiersman: Simon Kenton
  • The Life of Robert Carter III, Virginia's First Emancipator
  • Lady Spies of the O.S.S. 
A Historic Homes Tour of Prince William County will be held on Sunday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Historic Preservation Division will provide details of both events. Historic Preservation Division website.

Who_s Your Civil War Ancestor
Manassas is a focus for the study of the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). If your family lived in the United States during that time, you can find a personal link to those exciting events. RELIC's Don Wilson will show how to find your ancestor's experiences in the War.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

The Virginia Reserve Militia was the first line of defense for Prince William County in WWII. Old Men and boys, "veteran sportsmen," were ready to respond in case of invasion. For the first time, their names have been compiled to recognize their service. Join us as historian J. Nathan McDonald discusses these men and their service. 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]
Discovering your family's history is both fun and rewarding. RELIC staff will demonstrate the essential first steps to take and resources to use, most of which are available for free through the library.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

To read the latest lists of new materials available, please click on What's New in RELIC.

Unless otherwise stated, all of the preceding programs will take place at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia. Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes. *Funding for selected RELIC programs is provided by the Friends of Bull Run Library. You may register for any of these free programs at 703-792-4540 or email [email protected]. You may also register online at RELIC Programs.

To be notified of upcoming library programs and activities, you may sign up for the PWPLS newsletter.
[email protected] or 703-792-8150
Questions and comments are always welcome.
Prince William Public Library System, 13083 Chinn Park Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192