Secrets in the Stacks

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You may not have heard of him yet, but William Willis was one of the world’s original extreme sportsmen, a man driven by a relentless passion for personal challenge and an inexhaustible capacity for facing adversity. From carrying out an improbable rescue in the jungles of French Guiana to embarking upon multiple crossings of the Pacific on rafts of his own design, Willis’s escapades were worthy of the best adventure films and books. Willis was a tireless innovator, a truly unique and wildly eccentric adventurer, poet, and philosopher who would not be slowed by age or seemingly insurmountable odds.

Please join us in the Library at noon on Wednesday, July 6th, as we take a look at the Museum’s collection of William Willis’s papers—the photographs and correspondence provide a fascinating glimpse into the life and mind of a man for whom no price was too high to pay for the most dramatic seafaring adventures of the spirit.

Secrets in the Stacks for 2011

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Join us at the Library for these upcoming Secrets in the Stacks!

  • January 5, 2011 – Notes on Knots: the Bushby Manuscript – Bill Edwards-Bodmer, Assistant Archivist
  • February 2, 2011 – The Mariners’ Museum Library’s Unique Clippings Collection – Jennifer Anielski, Librarian, Technical Services
  • March 2, 2011 – A. Aubrey Bodine’s Photographs – Tom Moore, Senior Curator of Photography/Photo Archivist

 Secrets in the Stacks are a chance for you to see rare or seldom-seen items from the Library’s collections.  These talks are held at 12:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.  See you at the Library!

The Unveiling of the Trireme

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On Tuesday December 7, 2010 the Library welcomed The Mariners’ Museum’s Bronze Door Society and Friends of the Library for “The Unveiling of the Trireme.”  The event showcased the Library’s newest addition, a scale model of a Greek trireme built by model maker Mark Wilkins.  The highlight of the evening was Dr. John Hyland’s talk on the history of the trireme.  Dr. Hyland is Assistant Professor of history at Christopher Newport University.In other trireme-related news, mark your calendars for March 17-18, 2011 when Friends of Trible Library at CNU and Friends of The Mariners’ Museum Library host the “Celebration of the Trireme.” The two day event will include a panel discussion on “The Triremes and Athenian Democracy” and a presentation on “Rowing the Olympias.”  Stay tuned for more details!