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Staff-Led Gallery Talk: Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Registration is required
Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10)

Staff-Led Gallery Talk: Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library

Join Dan Axmacher, Rare Materials Catalog Librarian, for a gallery talk on Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library.

Showcasing special collections items such as Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World (1666) and a nine-language Bible (the "London Polyglot," 1657), Required Reading features a contemporary artist's replica of the massive, ark-like bookcase designed in 1883 to house the historic collection. A range of community partners share their own "required reading" lists, expanding and investigating "essential knowledge." Come to be informed, surprised, and intrigued, as well as to reflect on your own indispensable books.

Each tour is limited to 10 participants.

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