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Events – Page 2

9th Annual “Ghost in the Library” Halloween Celebration

Guest Blogger: Niara Webb, Class of 2020

Last night’s  9th Annual Ghosts in the Library event was a smashing success! A record number of Davidsonians poured into the Rare Book Room to hear spooky stories by (LED) candlelight.

From left to right: Shelby Cline ’20, Dr. Andrew Leslie, Lee Kromer ’21 and Cameron Rankin ’21

Dr. Andrew Leslie of the Communications Department, who also happens to have been a professional storyteller for 20 years, started off the night. He told the tale of The Old Man and Tailypo, a story from North American folklore of an old hermit who is terrorized by a mysterious creature whose hunt for his missing tail leads to the old hermit. Next up was Lee Kromer ’21, who told an original tale of a man who was followed across continents by a murderer escaped from a Gulag prison camp. Shelby Cline ’20, recalled an experience with a mysterious supernatural being during a dark, early morning rowing practice. Cameron Rankin ’21 read the listeners a classic New England tale of a haunted house in which the owner had been buried beneath the hearth. Finally, Dr. Leslie shared one more story and the winner of the six-word horror story was announced: Hannah Lieberman ’18!

Hannah wrote, “But the paper was due… yesterday!!!” A Davidson-themed scary story to round off the evening.

Guests who survived the night of spooky tales were thanked with bags full of chocolates, Halloween candies, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Thank you to all who attended and we wish you a very happy Halloween! 

Fake News @ Davidson, A Multidisciplinary Discussion and a Humor Column

FOILING FAKE NEWS: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY DISCUSSION ON NAVIGATING THE MEDIA

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 – 11:05 AM – 12:05 PM
Fake news has become a buzzword that can mean many things to many people. But what does it mean for us at Davidson? How prepared are students to identify fake news and navigate today’s media? How might a liberal arts approach inform our understanding of fake news and help us avoid being taken in by it? Join us for a panel discussion to explore these questions. Librarians will present data about incoming Davidson students’ ability to evaluate media sources and faculty members will bring their unique disciplinary training to bear on the issue of fake news.

LOCATION
Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room

Foiling Fake News poster

There have been a number of college humor magazines in Davidson’s history: Scripts and Pranks, The David’s Onion, The Davidphonian, The Devoidsonian and The Yowl; although, The Yowl is the only edition to be reawakened in the twenty-first century.  In 2004, it reappeared as a column in “The Davidsonian”, bringing its version of the news to provide entertainment to the Davidson community.  The final issue of the 2016-2017 academic term proclaimed, “This Issue Brought to You By: Undying Cynicism”  and provided “The Yowl’s Year in Review.”  The September 7, 2017 issue, in keeping with the theme of fake news, stated, “This Issue Brought To You By: A Gross Violation of Journalistic Integrity.”

 

8th Annual Poetry Reading in the RBR

An image of one of the poets reading a poem in the rare book roomTomorrow night, April 20th, at 8:00 we are celebrating National Poetry Month with our 8th annual Poetry Reading in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library.  Last year was great fun, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event. Davidson students, faculty members, and town poets —talented all—will read from their own works.  There will also be time afterwards for refreshments and chatting with the poets.

Hope to see you there!

Flyer for the 8th Annual Poetry Reading in the RBR with the words, "National Poetry Month" written in the background of the information

The U.S. Centennial Exhibition

The Centennial Exhibition Catalogue of 1876, title page

The “Official Catalogue”

The Centennial International Exhibition, the 1st official World’s Fair in the United States, was held from May 10 – November 10, 1876 in Philadelphia. Its full title was The International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine, and it was the brainchild of Professor John L. Campbell, Wabash College (Indiana). In 1866, Campbell, professor of mathematics, natural philosophy, and astronomy, suggested to the mayor of Philadelphia that the 100th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence be celebrated there with an exhibition. Although there were several nay-sayers lamenting lack of funding, disinterest from other countries, and an un-favorable reaction to the exhibition being held in the United States, the U.S. Centennial Commission was created by a bill passed on March 3, 1871, and the commission was organized on March 3, 1872.

Locomotive ad, "Baldwin Locomotive Works Burnham, Parry, Williams & Co., Philadelphia" with an illustration of a locomotive

One of the many ads.

450 acres of West Fairmont Park in Philadelphia were set aside for the exposition, and other nations were invited to attend. Temporary hotels were built to accommodate visitors, streetcars and railroads increased their service, and a small hospital was built in the park.
The fair opened on May 10, 1876 and drew thousands of visitors and VIPs to the exhibits from 37 nations in over 250 pavillions. As the title indicated, the exhibition focused on arts, manufacturing, agriculture and mining, and introduced to the world the strength of the United States as an industrial power.

Main exhibition building

Main exhibition building

Although many of the exhibition buildings were constructed as temporary structures, some were designed to be permanent and used after the closing of the exhibition.

Horticultural Hall

Horticultural Hall

Horticultural Hall continued to be used to display plants until it was demolished in 1954 after being badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo. Memorial Hall (the art gallery) was later used as the Pennsylvania Museum of Art.
By the last day, November 10, 1876, a total of 10,164,489 visitors had attended the exhibition. Some of the innovations displayed were the Corliss Steam Engine, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, the Remington typographic machine, the electric dynamo, and Heinz Ketchup.
We have in the Rare Book Room a copy of the “official catalogue,” a gift from the estate of Zach Long, Class of 1965. The catalogue included lists of the entrants by country, lists of the exhibits, and numerous period ads, and is considered to be the best source of information on the Centennial Exhibition and its exhibitors.

Advertisement for E.P. Baugh's Patent Sectional Mills" with an image of his machine with the caption, "For crushing, grinding, and pulverizing raw bones, phosphate rock, plaster, cement, fire clay, dye woods, minerals, ores of various kinds, shells, lime, and all hard substances"

E.P. Baugh ad

Advertisement for stouts and ales, "Blood, Wolfe & Co.'s XXX Dublin Stout and Pale Ales" and "Edward & John Burke's Extra Foreign Stout and Allsopp's Burton Ales"

Ad for stouts and ales

Advertisement for a florist, "Henry A. Dreer, Seedsman and Florist" with an illustration of his store with many people around it

Ad for a florist

Advertisement for "Great Combination Store" featuring an illustration of the store and a caption saying, "The Largest and Cheapest One Price Retail Dry Goods House of the Continent"

Shop at the Great Combination Store for retail dry goods

Advertisements for Asbestos Materials, Baugh's Standard Manures, and Baugh & Sons, Manufacturers and Importers

We wouldn’t expect either of these products to be advertised today!

Exhibitors, "Subject Index, National Exhibits" it lists each nation's number of exhibits in "Mining and Metallurgy", "Manufactures", and "Education and Science"

Exhibitors

8th Annual “Ghosts in the Library”

8th Annual Ghosts in the Library flyer with an image of a skeleton and bookcases behind him/herNext Tuesday, October 25th at 8:00 we are celebrating Halloween with our 8th Annual “Ghosts in the Library” event in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library.  We’ll have Davidsonians  telling their favorite ghost stories.  You may not have seen the Rare Book Room in quite this way…with “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.”

No tricks.  Just scary stories, and treat bags for all who come.

For some earlier fun, come to the Library Lobby at 6:30 for a printing press demonstration by Prof. Gabe Ford, and the opportunity to print your own chapbook.  Then on to the Rare Book Room for “Ghosts” at 8:00!

Hope to see you there!

BOO!

Archives Month Events…Art & Ghosts!

During the month of October we’ve been celebrating Archives Month, and there are still two great events you can attend.

Tonight, October 21st from 5:30 – 6:00, please come to the Van Every Gallery in the VAC for Art, Archives & Documentation, and join Lia Newman (Director of the Art Gallery), Alison Bory (Asst. Professor & Chair, Dance Dept.), and Jan Blodgett (College Archivist) for a panel discussion on the relationships between art, performance, and documentation.Art, Archives & Documentation flyer for a "Panel talk on art, performance, and archival documentation"

7th Annual Ghosts in the Library flyer for 2015Tuesday, October 27, from 8:00 – 9:00 we are celebrating Halloween with our 7th Annual Ghosts in the Library event in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library. We’ll have Davidson students—talented all—telling you scary stories. You may not have seen the Rare Book Room in quite this way…with “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.”
No tricks. Just scary stories, and treat bags for all who come. You’ll also be able to play a Halloween game for a chance to win a $25 gift card, and, the winner of our “Six Word Ghost Story” contest will be announced.

October 2009; Sauni Wood, telling a story during Ghosts in the Library in the rare book room

Hope to see you at both events!

6th Annual Poetry Reading in the RBR

Poetry Reading in the RBR

Poetry Reading in the RBR

Next Tuesday night, April 21st at 8:00 we are celebrating National Poetry Month with our 6th annual Poetry Reading in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library. Last year was great fun, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event. Davidson students, faculty members, and town poets —talented all—will read from their own works. There will also be time afterwards for refreshments and chatting with the poets.
Hope to see you there!
And, through April 30th, you still have a chance to come to the Rare Book Room, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, to see our exhibit on Charles Wright, Davidson class of 1957, and the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Charles Wright presenting the Vereen Bell award at Davidson

Charles Wright presenting the Vereen Bell award at Davidson

6th Annual “Ghosts in the Library”

Cartoon of a ghost coming out of the top of a jack o' lanternNext Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 we are celebrating Halloween with our 6th Annual “Ghosts in the Library” event in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library.  We’ll have Davidsonians telling their favorite ghost stories.  You may not have seen the Rare Book Room in quite this way…with “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.”

No tricks.  Just scary stories, and treat bags for all who come.

And, the winner of our “Ghostly Images” photo contest will be announced that night as well.

Hope to see you there!

Two cartoon ghostsBOO!

5th Annual Poetry Reading in the RBR

 

Flyer for the 5th annual Poetry Reading in the rbr, "Attend the Library's Fifth Annual Poetry Reading featuring students, faculty members, and local poets"

Poetry Reading

Tomorrow night, Thursday April 10th at 8:00 we are celebrating National Poetry Month with our 5th annual Poetry Reading in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library.  Last year was great fun, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event.  Davidson students, faculty members, and town poets —talented all— will read from their own works.  There will also be time afterwards for refreshments and chatting with the poets.

Hope to see you there!

And, through April 30th, you still have a chance to come to the Rare Book Room, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, to see our exhibit of poetry broadsides from the Iron Mountain Press.

Flyer for the 5th annual Poetry Reading in the rbr, "Broadsides Display featuring *Iron Mountain Press Publications"

Iron Mountain Press Display

5th Annual “Ghosts in the Library”

 

Tonight, October 30th at 8:00 we are celebrating Halloween with our 5th Annual “Ghosts in the Library” event in the Rare Book Room of the E.H. Little Library.  We’ll have a Davidson student, faculty member, and library staff member —talented all—telling their favorite ghost stories.  You may not have seen the Rare Book Room in quite this way…with “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.”

No tricks.  Just scary stories, and treat bags for all who come.

And, the winner of our “Ghostly Images on Campus” photo contest will be announced tonight as well.

Hope to see you there!

BOO!

 Flyer for the 5th annual Ghosts in the Library