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First Fridays February 2020

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Painting of a unicorn baring its teeth from the collections of the James Ford Bell Library.

Fantastic Beasts? Find them at the Bell Library!

Presented by Marguerite Ragnow, Curator, James Ford Bell Library

Painting of a unicorn baring its teeth from the collections of the James Ford Bell Library.In a world where medieval unicorns and mermaids represented the familiar as much as cats and horses, early modern Europeans often had difficulty making sense of the many new species they encountered on their travels around the world. Nevertheless, they approached all of these creatures with curiosity and wonder. Join the Bell Library for a look into this fascinating history of strange beasts and beasties.

Free and open to the public.

Event details

What: First Fridays February 2020
When: Friday, February 7 | noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

About the First Fridays Series

First Fridays is a series of intellectually stimulating talks made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

The 2019–2020 series theme is Roaring Good Tales: Animals in the Archives.

There may not be animals allowed in the archives, but that doesn’t mean our collections aren’t filled with them! From farm animals to beloved pets to mythical beasts, the Archives and Special Collections are teeming with creatures of all kinds. Join us for the 2019–2020 First Fridays season as we explore the wild side of history.


February 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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