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Sol Messinger, Holocaust Survivor, 27 Jan. 2010. Jackie Washington concert for Library donors, 3 June 2009. Deborah
Lipstadt, talk about Holocaust denial, Feb. 2009.
South Carolina African Heritage Commission; Victorians Institute; Conference on Southern Women’s History.
Step Into Your Archives: Developed and manned an information desk and mini-exhibit at annual “Doors Open” event
at city archives. Hosted a lunch at campus-based History Graduate Students conference and distributed newsletter. Co-
host of professional association conference (Archives Association of Ontario) on campus.
Symposium on the Greatful Dead; New England Regional Genealogical conference.
The Special Collections Library has participated in the Libraries annual Open House designed to introduce students
to the Libraries; a workshop to inform Subject Librarians about the holdings in Special Collections; and, the annual
Discovery Day event, designed to broaden the knowledge of Libraries colleagues on a variety of subjects and skills.
Two “Booklover’s Tours” developed by the Ofﬁce of the President were conducted in 2008 but none last year.
UConn’s Leadership Legacy Program Lecture with John Rowland. Humanities Institute Postcards from the Archives with
Undergraduate Poetry Contest. Peter Tytell lecture. Spain Rodriquez event.
VEISHEA History Expo. 4-H Annual Conference.
We annually co-host the Kranzberg Illustrated Book Studio open house, an event that shows off books created by
students in the studio co-founded by the library.
We participate in the annual Doors Open weekend in Toronto (inviting the general public to visit the library which is of
architectural interest), events/receptions for senior administrators or other campus groups.
With the Center for Oklahoma Studies we hosted a scholarly symposium “Geronimo: Warrior for An American Dream”
with an accompanying exhibition to recognize the death centennial of this celebrated and misunderstood Apache
warrior who died as a prisoner of war in Oklahoma and to promote two collections we hold with signiﬁcant materials
on Geronimo. Special collections participated in programming associated with a project to create a virtual collection
with associated oral histories of the work of Dust Bowl poet Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel called “Remembering Wilma
Elizabeth McDaniel.” The program featured the screening of a documentary ﬁlm, a scholarly discussion of her work, and
blue grass music played by an Oklahoma Red Dirt band that was closely tied to the poet. Special collections participated
in the NEH-funded “Soul of a People” project documenting the impact of the Federal Writers Project. We have the
papers of the editor of the Oklahoma WPA volume and used this as an opportunity to promote that collection through
exhibits and lectures that were part of a whole series of programs.
Women in History – speaker and exhibit; The Year of Darwin – speaker and exhibit; Humanities Week with the Art
History department – exhibit.
Women’s History month. Anniversary celebrations for various schools and colleges on campus.
Workshop for participants in book project, April 2009. China seminar at Bryant University, Rhode Island, September
2009. University Library staff forum on ﬁnding aids, October 2009.