Rare books may seem quiet and static, yet these volumes tell stories of their makers, authors, and readers — and continue to influence scholarship, art, and the public imagination.
In the Wangensteen Historical Library’s new exhibit, we turn on the lights and open the stacks to reveal the past and present secret lives of books and tell their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience.
In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.
What: The Secret Lives of Books
When: September 18, 2018 through December 23, 2019
Where: Wangensteen Historical Library, 568 Diehl Hall (directions and parking)
Hours: Open during regular library hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and by appointment.
Free and open to the public.