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Pequot Founders: Building a Library and a Legacy

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:00am

pequot founders collageAs part of the ongoing series of changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of archives, rare books, and manuscripts on view in the Reading Room and Perkin Gallery, a Pages from Pequot Special Collections' exhibition.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine served
Exhibition: February 16 - May 7, 2017

Join us for a visual and archival journey with the Pequot Library founders and their associates. In April 1894, the doors of the Library opened to the public.

  • Discover letters from Pequot founders
  • Explore 1894 acquisition ledgers and blueprints
  • View vintage photographs
  • Examine an 1855 passport
  • See stereoscopic images from 1890s to the 1900s

Joining the Monroe’s in their efforts to fill the library with the best collections for the community were Mary Catherine Hull Wakeman and the Rev. William Holman. The exhibition will highlight activities, decisions, and purchases made by the Monroe-Wakeman-Holman team as they established the remarkable Special Collections held by Pequot Library today.

virginia marquand monroeFrom its Special Collections, the exhibition will trace the travels of Virginia Marquand Monroe and Elbert B. Monroe through Europe and the Middle East with photographs taken along the Nile, in Florence’s Duomo, and from the Vatican. Study maps and atlases of their time to trace the Monroe’s expedition. Step back into 19th century Southport and peruse the archives tracing the early days of Pequot’s history.

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