How will you observe the life and death of Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862), the American writer and naturalist?
Thoreau, August 1861 © Wikimedia Common
By taking a quiet walk?
By turning off your cell phone? Your computer?
By having a deep conversation with a friend, colleague, or family member?
By getting out a sheet of paper and writing a letter? (Yes! By hand.)
By randomly squeezing a Thoreau quote into a conversation today?
Or, by visiting Special Collections in the Davis Library 101 to visit our display of Thoreau artifacts: his inkwell, bricks and timbers from his cabin at Walden Pond, books from his cabin library, and more.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center reports that they’ve recorded one hundred of the two hundred and fifty cylinders in the Flanders Ballad Collection. Quite a milestone! See the recording system at work and listen to the hundredth cylinder in the NEDCC blog post here! Take a look at some of the previous posts to learn more about this new sound scanning technology.
President Harry Truman once said “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Because the site around Twilight Hall and the Middlebury Municipal Building has recently been a topic of community conversation, we thought people might be interested in these photos from the Middlebury College Archives. For more information on the history of the site and adjacent buildings, see pages 11 and 12 of A Walking History of Middlebury.
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View of Middlebury from Old Chapel in 1867. Notice the building site of the Academy (now Twilight Hall) that replaced the previous wooden structure.
Academy Building in 1893, seen from the east end of the park between College St. and Main St.
Graded School in 1900 seen from College St. just east of Weybridge St.
The Graded School in 1900 seen from the corner of Main St. and Cross St.
Special Collections has enjoyed a busy start to 2014 with several J-term classes visiting this week to use our collections for coursework. Prof. Peter Lourie’s class Adventure Writing and Digital Story Telling came to see 17th to early 20th century examples of travel and adventure writing, as well as to view photos from the College Archives of students engaging in their own adventures over the years.
And below see some photos from Prof. Kacy McKinney’s class Space and Place in the Graphic Novel. Students learned about the history of illustrations in books, viewing everything from a 1484 illuminated Latin text, to recently published graphic novels.
Students looking at a wide selection of illustrated books
Special Collections Director Rebekah Irwin shares a large format art book.
Prof. McKinney and students view illustrated books from the 16th to the 18th century.