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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

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222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States

The Elmer L. Andersen Library is located on the West Bank of the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota.

This state-of-the-art facility houses many of the University’s special collections and archives units, the Digital Library Services’ digitization center, the central office of the MINITEX Library Information Network, and the Minnesota Library Access Center (MLAC).
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February 2023

First Fridays: Playing Ball and Neighborhood Home Festivals

February 3 @ 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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Free
A black and white photo from the IHRCA collections showing a person playing a guitar with five people standing behind them in an indoor space

Join us on Friday, Feb. 3 at noon for two archival talks in the First Fridays series. Anne Good, Assistant Curator of the James Ford Bell Library presents “Playing Ball in the James Ford Bell Library” and Ellen Engseth, Curator of the Immigration History Research Center Archives presents “‘Get Together Americans!’ Through Neighborhood Home Festivals.” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects: Opening Reception

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Illustration of Sherlock Holmes alongside the exhibit title, Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects

Join us to celebrate the opening of a remarkable traveling exhibit, “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects,” at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Guests will view the exhibit, enjoy appetizers, and hear remarks from Sherlockian experts Glen Miranker, curator and collector; Tim Johnson, E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota; and Gary Thaden, President of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections. Please register to attend this free event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

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March 2023

First Fridays: Fun With a Purpose

March 3 @ 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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A photo from the Social Welfare History Archives showing a parade on a cobblestone street. In the foreground, an early 20th-century motor vehicle has a flatbed in which many people are riding while holding American flags

Join us on Friday, March 3 at noon for a First Fridays archival talk. Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives presents “Fun With a Purpose: Pageants and Parades in the Social Welfare History Archives.” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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April 2023

Pankake Poetry reading with Sun Yung Shin

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120, 222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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Celebrated poet, writer, and cultural worker Sun Yung Shin will be featured at the 14th annual Pankake Poetry event on April 4, 2023 in Elmer L. Andersen Library. Shin is the author of four poetry collections, one of which won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry.  The Pankake Poetry event is part of Friends Forum: A Series for Curious Minds. Event Details What: 14th annual Pankake Poetry reading with Sun Yung Shin Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota…

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First Fridays: Computer Gaming, Campus Traditions

April 7 @ 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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A black and white photo of a chess game in which two computer programs are competing with each other. The programs are Chess 4.7 from Northwestern University and Cyber 170 from Control Data Corporation. People are seated on either side of the chessboard to move the chess pieces.

Join us on Friday, April 7 at noon for two archival talks in the First Fridays series. Amanda Wick, Curator of the Charles Babbage Institute Archives presents “Checkmate: The Untold Story of Computer Gaming” and Ellen Holt-Werle and Rebecca Toov, University Archives, present “The Games People Play…” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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May 2023

First Fridays: Jewish Country Clubs, Maps and Leisure

May 5 @ 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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A line art illustration shows a woman wearing a mid-20th century style of clothing who is playing golf

Join us on Friday, May 5 at noon for two archival talks in the First Fridays series. Kate Dietrick, Archivist at the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives presents “Having a Ball: Minnesota’s Jewish Country Clubs” and Ryan Mattke, Head of the John R. Borchert Map Library presents “Recreation and Leisure Through a Cartographic Lens.” Presentations resume in person this year with the option to attend online.

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