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First Fridays – Objects of Desire – December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

First Fridays series

First Fridays Series, Objects of Desire

Whether the desire to possess a rare book, a longing for a home to call one’s own, or the pursuit of an organization’s mission, the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries brings the stories to life in this year’s First Fridays presentations.

All events at noon, 120 Andersen Library.

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Join us for two presentations at the December 6, 2013 First Fridays.

YMCA ff 2013

1) The “Soul” Desire

From 1889 to the 1930’s, the YMCA had a mantra: “to evangelize to the world in a generation.” Join the staff of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives as they talk about the programs of the early YMCA as it set out to save the object it desired, the human soul.


Sherlock FF 2013 2

2) X Marks the Spot: Searching for the True Location of a Great Literary Encounter

In 1953, Nobel laureate Dr. Philip Hench visited the Swiss village of Meiringen. During his stay, he was astonished to learn that few, if any, of Meiringen’s residents knew of the famous encounter between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the nearby Reichenbach Falls. Locating the site of this epic struggle and educating the villagers of its significance became an object of desire for Dr. Hench. Share the excitement of this quest as we follow Dr. Hench along the path to the “dreadful cauldron” and “Great Encounter.


December 6, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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