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U Libraries receives $108,000 for Minnesota Landscapes

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Minnesota Landscapes: Documenting Environmental History through Archival Sources is a year-long project to examine and describe archival collections related to Minnesota’s environmental history and climate.
Graduates sit in chairs on the field of Memorial Stadium in front of a stage. Attendees are in the stadium bleachers.

In case of rain

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In June 1968, attendees of the commencement ceremony had to run for cover due to severe weather. Learn how University Archives staff reconstructed the events from historical documents and newspaper clippings.
Hundreds of shoes hang from the branches of a tree.

Shoe Tree

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The Shoe Tree is known for the numerous pairs of shoes thrown from the bridge whose laces wrap around the branches and hang from the tree. Located on the West Bank, there is no single event or campus tradition that results in shoes being thrown into the tree.
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Women on the Air: Cokie Roberts

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On September 17, 2019, award-winning broadcaster, journalist, and author Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. In her memory, on this episode, we’ll share a recording of the speech that Roberts gave at the University of Minnesota Law School Commencement Exercises, held on Saturday, May 9, 1992 at Northrop Auditorium.
Students sit in groups, on strike for peace and protesting against the Vietnam war. Student protests. Strike. 1970. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll175:4717 Accessed 27 May 2020.

1970 Student Strike–50 Years Later

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Throughout the spring of 1970, tensions were high among students and the campus community at the University of Minnesota in regards to the United States' military efforts, which ignited student strikes across the nation, including the University of Minnesota. Now fifty years later, we look back on the history of the student strike and the impact it had on campus.

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A table in the makerspace with project supplies and The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

Is Makerspace my space?

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In the bright, yet somewhat austere environment of the Health Sciences Education Center, the Health Sciences Library Makerspace stands out, with colorful displays in its windows and — inside its doors — intriguing tools, 3D printers, and plenty of tables to spread out a project. This space — its equipment, its whimsical approach, and its meaningful outcomes — is meant for everyone connected to the U who wishes to explore their craft skills and their creativity.
A close-up from an 1862 hand-colored Japanese woodblock print. In the foreground is a demon representing measles; in the background is a fearful physician.

Drawn to health: Bodies and medicine in popular visual culture

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“Drawn to Health: Bodies and Medicine in Popular Visual Culture” explores the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health, featuring collections held at both the Wangensteen Historical Library and the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Visit this exhibit now through December 29, 2022.
Book burned by Nazis. The scorched book, from the collection of gay physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfield,

Banning books threatens freedom

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Renowned for its breadth and depth of works by children’s book authors and illustrators, The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature mirrors the issues of its times. So when Kerlan curator Lisa Von Drasek was asked, “Does the Kerlan have any banned books?” she responded: “Of course we do!” Von Drasek adds: “The number one category of banned books is LGBTQ and sex education books.”

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