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Copying Nature

July 27th, 2016

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In the 1830s and 1840s, John Henry Hopkins, Vermont’s first Episcopal bishop, and his son, John Henry Hopkins Jr., produced the Burlington Drawing-Book of Flowers, and a portfolio version, titled The Vermont Drawing Book of Flowers. The book was designed to be an instructional tool to teach drawing, but Hopkins also hoped that sales would raise much needed funds to support his struggling Vermont Episcopal Institute, a secondary school for boys. This summer, the beautifully hand-colored plates of domestic flowers are on display in the Special Collections reading room in Bailey/Howe Library.

100 Years: Let’s Celebrate!

July 19th, 2016

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The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

This exhibit includes materials selected from our Government Information collection.  The UVM Libraries are proud to be part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

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New Exhibit: On the Waterfront

July 6th, 2016

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For the 2016 Vermont History Expo, UVM Special Collections responded to the event theme of “the power of water” with an exhibit drawn from the rich resources about Vermont summer camps in the Vermont Research Collection. “On the Waterfront,” which focuses on camp waterfronts and water activities, will be displayed in the Baily/Howe Library lobby for the summer.

Vermont’s lakes, ponds and reservoirs have provided the setting for children’s summer camps since the late 1800s. For over a century, camp promotional materials have promoted their beautiful and safe waterfront locations. Staff and campers agree that the waterfront has been central to the camp experience. As one camp proclaimed, “Swimming and boating are the crowning delights of camp life.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 802-656-2138.

Government Documents closing for summer of 2016

April 13th, 2016

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The Government Information area will be closed for construction for the entire summer. Materials will be temporarily stored off-site. Patrons needing to use government publications over the summer should contact Government Information personnel (govdocs@uvm.edu, 656-2542) before the end of the semester.

If needs for government publications arise, we will do our best to obtain the materials. Staff will be available throughout the summer.

Sugar on Snow, April 26, 11-2:30

April 12th, 2016

Maple syrup, pickles, donuts and coffee will be served at UVM’s annual maple celebration in front of Bailey/Howe.

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Holocaust Stories

April 11th, 2016

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As part of her spring semester internship in Special Collections, senior Perri Moreno created a new exhibit for the department, “Holocaust Stories.” The exhibit includes powerful stories of Holocaust experiences in works by book artists Barbara Milman, Tatana Kellner, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Jeffrey W. Morin, and Jacques Fournier. These books are just some of the titles that Special Collections has acquired to support the work of UVM’s Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

Spring Exhibits in the Bailey/Howe Lobby

March 18th, 2016

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Our Special Collections librarians created two exhibits for the Bailey/Howe lobby this semester, “Shakespeare in Print” and “John Johnson: Surveyor, Master Builder, Civil Engineer, and More.”

Shakespeare in Print: Interpretations of the Bard’s Theatrical Works at the Quadricentennial of his Death

This exhibit, curated by Jeffrey Marshall, Director of Special Collections, presents a variety of approaches to Shakespeare in print using examples from the Rare Book Collection.

At the death of William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616, his literary and theatrical reputation was etched in the memories of the general public, but little of it was reflected in print.  Some of his plays had been published individually in “quartos,” but apparently the Bard had little or no active participation in their publication.  Two of his stage colleagues decided to remedy this deficiency by publishing the complete works of Shakespeare in “folio” format.  Working from Shakespeare’s notes, the published quartos, and their own memories, the two prepared thirty-six plays for publication.  Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Tragedies, & Histories (London, 1623), popularly known today as The First Folio, was published in an edition of about 750 copies.  Second, Third, and Fourth folios followed later in the century, and thousands of editions, of varying format and content, have been published in the centuries since.

John Johnson: Surveyor, Master Builder, Civil Engineer, and More

The second exhibit sheds light on the extensive talents and activities of John Johnson (1771-1842), who came to northwestern Vermont in 1790 and settled in Burlington in 1809.

As a surveyor, Johnson played an important role in land development during Vermont’s early years. He served as Vermont’s surveyor general from 1813 to 1823, and again from 1832 to 1838, and supervised surveys of the eastern section of the Canada-U.S. border from 1817 to 1820. Johnson designed a wide variety of building types and structures, including, including the first and second College Buildings at UVM.  He was also an agent for the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Co., served in the legislature in 1803, and helped organize associations that sponsored lectures and debates and supported lending libraries. The exhibit includes maps, surveys and drawings from Special Collections’ extensive John Johnson Collection.

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Johnson’s drawing for UVM’s Middle Building, 1829

 

 

 

Public Monuments: The Politics and Processes of Commemoration

February 21st, 2016

 

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Public Monuments: The Politics and Processes of Commemoration
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:30 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Bill Lipke and Bill Mares, authors of the recently published Grafting Memory, will present an illustrated lecture summarizing the research which they undertook for their book on commemorative monuments from the American Revolutionary War to the present. In their essays, Lipke and Mares explore the evolving practices that allow memories of soldiers and wars to pass through generations. From monuments to cemeteries, paintings and living memorials, they present diverse examples, including many close to home, like Burlington’s Battery Park and Memorial Auditorium, and those farther away, like Canada’s War Memorial project and national cemeteries in France.

Bill Lipke is UVM professor emeritus in Art History and a former director of the Fleming Museum. He has written about landscape painting and modern architecture. Bill Mares has been a journalist and high school teacher, and has fifteen books to his credit on subjects ranging from beer and coffee to Vermont politics.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

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She’s All That

February 18th, 2016

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She’s All That might not be the best teen romantic comedy out there. It might not even be the best one released in 1999 (especially compared to the likes of the crowd-pleaser 10 Things I Hate About You). But of all the films about social transformation and prom queens and 25-year-olds playing 17-year-olds, She’s All That is certainly the one nearest and dearest to my heart. Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, who has sadly since been relegated to Video-on-Demand releases ever since the disastrous release of the criminally underrated Josie and the Pussycats, and Freddie Prinze Jr., whose last theatrical release set the record for lowest grossing film of all time, She’s All That seemed to have unwittingly set a lingering curse on the careers of its cast and crew. Did I mention that this film was written by M. Night Shyamalan?
In the second paragraph I would normally explain the premise of the film, but will I have to? This film’s take on stage classic Pygmalion has been digested, recycled, and spoofed in so many other films that it has almost become a genre unto itself. After pretty boy Zack (Prinze) gets dumped for an MTV star (wow, it really does feel like 1999!) he accepts a bet from his friend (the late Paul Walker) that he can turn *any* girl at their school into the next prom queen. That girl winds up being none other than Laney (Cook), whose sins against high school popularity seem to be little more than nerdy trivialities like wearing glasses or enjoying art. You can easily surmise the rest of the film: They get close, she finds out his deception and rejects him, but they manage to reunite at the big dance- and everything hinges around Hart’s Cinderella-like transformation.
It’s pretty amusing to consider the gravity the film awards to Laney’s make-over sequence. The camera draws up her body as she descends the stairs, like debutante at a ball. Freddie Prinze Jr. is flabbergasted. She took her glasses off! She’s wearing a tight red dress! She wears make-up now, though the actress was clearly doing so already! Honestly, it’s a pretty patriarchal notion to think that a slight change of attire can redefine a woman’s entire image, but that hasn’t prevented the same trope from being repeated every year by newer teen movies- such as last year’s The DUFF. I believe (more like hope, really) that the “ugly duckling transformation” is supposed to be subversive indictment of the cluelessness of the male leads, with true happiness only being reached once they realize that, you know, inner verve is what’s important. Regardless, the cast is positively magnetic, and their on-screen presence is a welcome one. She’s All That is a perfect watch anytime you want to bathe in brightly colored nineties melodrama, and I would never bet against that.

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Panel discussion on UVM faculty work with immigrant and refugee communities

February 9th, 2016

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Please join us for a panel discussion with University of Vermont faculty members on their work with New American and refugee communities. The panel discussion will take place on February 18th at 4:30 p.m. in the John Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 325). The event is organized in conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, and was inspired by the 2015 First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Both the event and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.

Featured faculty members and panelists include:

• Linda Berlin, Ph.D., is the Director of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her current work includes building better understandings about the food security situation of refugees.
• Pablo Bose, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Interim Director of the Global & Regional Studies program. His work focuses on government and non-profit organizations placing refugees in non-traditional resettlement sites (like Burlington, Vermont) and the implications of these placements for refugees and communities.
• Susan Comerford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work who spent many years working in refugee camps on the Thai Cambodian Border and later went on to advocate for refugees in the United States.
• Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the Director of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) and Connecting Cultures. NESTT takes a holistic approach to helping New Americans and offers psychological services, legal services, and physical therapy.
• Dr. Andrea Green, M.D., a pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at UVM. Her team educates themselves on both disease and the political, social, and religious environments of the New Americans they work with.
• Others to be announced.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” exhibit runs through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.

A detailed online resource accompanying the exhibit is available at: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/firstyearread