Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Exhibits at Harvard's Pusey Library

Some of Harvard University's libraries have exhibits that are open to the public. At Pusey Library all that was required to enter the exhibit areas, was to read some rules, show a picture ID, and fill out some basic personal information. They have an extensive theater collection. On display were small original fliers for such musicals as: Kiss me Kate, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, Carousel etc. There was a small padded bench in a small room with posters on the walls and the music playing from some of the musicals. It almost seemed a little camp. It must take tremendous effort to mount these exhibits. I hope that many people come to admire them.

On the other end of the hallway is the Theodore Roosevelt collection. Just as with the theater collection, they rotate the exhibits. This time political cartoons about his presidency were featured. Over lunch a historian had pointed out to me that Theodore Roosevelt was criticized by the Republican Party for not being pro business enough. Some of the cartoons confirmed this. Looking at original documents is such an interesting way to learn about history.


At March 03, 2008, Blogger histfan said...

Current exhibits include photos of ballet stars, photos of Theodore Roosevelt's family, and maps made by Henry F. Walling 1825-1888.

Walling's career spanned roughly forty years and he had a private mapmaking company in Boston, then NYC, and the last five years of his life he held the title of geographer at the United States Geological Survey. All of this information about Walling is from the label copy at the exhibit. I like old maps and there was one of Providence, RI, where I was yesterday on a day trip.


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