Secrets in the Stacks, November 2

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Celestial Map of the Southern Hemisphere

Join us at the Library at noon on November 2 for this month’s Secrets in the Stacks.

Library Director Mary Sellen will discuss the 1660  atlas  Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius.  The presentation will focus on the 20 maps from this title that are in the Library’s collections.  Topics will include cosmology, geography, printing, and art.  Be sure to stop by and see another spectacular item from our collections.  While you’re here, check out our current exhibit The Intersection of Art and Science, which features a few of the celestial maps from Cellarius’ atlas.   Read more

Secrets in the Stacks

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The Mariners’ Museum Library invites you for a walk into the museum’s past.  Please join Jennifer Anielski for a Secrets in the Stacks that will  have you saying, “ I remember when …” as we look at photographs of the museum and park from yesteryear.   As an added bonus, a few faces of the past may appear as well.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 3rd at noon.   Read more

Two Lives Aboard the USS Nantucket

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USS Nantucket in a post-Civil War image.

Join us at the Library next Wednesday May 4, 2011 at noon for our next Secrets in the Stacks.  This month’s presentation will feature two journals kept by sailors who served on the ironclad monitor Nantucket during the Civil War.

First we will look at the journal of Walter Jacobs, a Union sailor during the Civil War.  A recent acquisition, Jacobs’ journal covers the time period of August 1863 to December 1864, during which he served on two ships: the screw steamer Flambeau and the Passaic-class monitorNantucket.  Jacobs served on the ironclad from February 1864 to December 1864.  Besides accounts of naval action, Jacobs offers rich detail on life aboard Civil War ships and ironclads, as well as a sailor’s opinion on everything from the Union war effort to politics to African Americans serving in the Union navy and army.   Read more

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!