Entries Tagged as 'Exhibitions'

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Starry Messengers: The Trailer

You have a little bit less than a month left to catch our current exhibition, Starry Messengers: Signs and Science from the Skies, before it closes on May 2nd. If you’d like a sneak peek, this short video features a conversation among Houghton’s John Overholt, the curator of the exhibition, Sara Schechner, Curator of Harvard’s […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Night of a Thousand Stars

Our current exhibition, “Starry Messengers: Signs and Science from the Skies,” will be having its (slightly weather-delayed) opening reception on Tuesday March 10 at 5pm. The exhibition focuses on a series of astronomical events, such as comets, meteors, and supernovas, and shows how these events were viewed by scientists, writers, soothsayers, and others. As the […]

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

New Exhibit: Occupied Cuba, 1898-1902

The years between the end of the Cuban War of Independence in 1898, facilitated by United States involvement as part of the Spanish-American War, and the proclamation of the Cuban Republic in 1902, were a time of much change and transition in Cuba. After the last of the Spanish troops left Cuba in 1898, the […]

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Two of One Hundred!

Houghton Library has loaned two books to an important exhibition at New York City’s Grolier Club. One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature is the sixth in a notable series of “Grolier Hundred” exhibitions.  The Grolier Club previously has organized only five such exhibitions in its 130-year history, focusing on English literature (1902), American literature (1946), science (1958), […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Silhouettes: from Craft to Art

The central scene in this engraving (left) faithfully reproduces an engraved vignette that depicted a method of drawing a silhouette. The vignette was printed in the second volume of Johann Caspar Lavater’s treatise on physiognomy, Physiognomische Fragmente, zur Beförderung der Menschenkenntniss und Menschenliebe published in Leipzig between 1775 and 1778.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Remembering Eleanor Steber

Eleanor Steber (1914-1990) was a leading soprano at the Metropolitan Opera for over two decades. Today is her 100th birthday. Over the past weeks this blog has featured items drawn from Steber’s papers in the Harvard Theatre Collection that document two significant collaborations with American composer Samuel Barber: Vanessa (1958) and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Emily Dickinson’s Music Book (EDR 469)

In her formative years, the American poet Emily Dickinson’s interests centered on the study of voice and especially piano, for which she displayed considerable accomplishment and ambition. Her correspondence supplies the background for these activities while the contents of her music book provides a revealing perspective on just how assiduously and enthusiastically she collected, listened […]

Friday, August 16th, 2013

“Footprints on the sands of time”

Rejecting the Psalmist’s solemn emphasis on death and the life hereafter, Cambridge poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in “A Psalm of Life” famously exhorts his readers to seize the day and leave their mark in this world: Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints […]

Monday, May 27th, 2013

A Very Historic Moment in Caribbean Studies: Boisrond-Tonnerre’s Mémoires (1804) online

[Thanks to Jean Jonassaint, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Syracuse University, for contributing this guest post about a recently digitized Houghton item.] Although originally published in 1804 in Dessalines (then capital of Hayti), it is with their second edition by Saint-Remy (Paris, 1851), that Boisrond-Tonnerre’s Mémoires were passed on to posterity. Until […]

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What’s New: “Boston’s Crusade Against Slavery” exhibition opens

During the Civil War era Boston led the national crusade against slavery and the struggle over emancipation and citizenship. Owing largely to activists in Boston, Massachusetts became one of the first states to end slavery. It soon granted black men full suffrage, ended the ban on interracial marriage, and in 1855 became the first state […]