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2019 Regional Meeting: Miami University
March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Our Midwest Regional Meeting of the AHPCS on Sunday, March 31st, will be held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Founded in 1809, it is the second oldest university in Ohio and the tenth oldest public university in the United States.
Miami University’s King Library holds a treasure chest of graphic arts. It holds one of the largest collections of William Holmes McGuffey Readers, famous for use in teaching academics for decades in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will be examining these books and their illustrations through a lecture by Stephen Gordan, Curator of the McGuffey House, and will see other examples of children’s school books and literature.
The King Library also has extensive collections on the history and culture of the Ohio Valley/Old Northwest Territory; the history of transportation, especially in the 19th century; and the Civil War, in addition to 600,000 postcards depicting American scenes in its Bowden Postcard Collection.
Other graphic treasures include a page from the 15th century Gutenberg Bible, a 1st folio of Shakespeare’s work, a 15th century Book of Hours and numerous other illustrated books of interest.
We will be concluding the afternoon with a visit to the nearby home of William Holmes McGuffey and viewing its collection of 19th century graphics.
Sunday, March 31st; 2:00 p.m. at King Library; Nearby parking will be available.
RSVP: Allen W. Bernard; firstname.lastname@example.org; 513-381-5558.