New York Public Library Celebrating 100 Years

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Elaine Charnov, director of education, programming and exhibitions at the New York Public Library, talks about the exhibition “Celebrating 100 Years,” which includes artifacts belonging to literary giants such as William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, and Jorge Luis Borges along with historically important items from the Age of Discovery to the creation of the Soviet Union, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and the AIDS crisis. The exhibition is organized into four thematic sections: Observation, Contemplation, Society, and Creativity, and is on view through December 31.

Courtesy of NYPL
Watercolor and ink scroll of Murasaki Shikibu’s novel “Tale of Genji”
Courtesy of NYPL
Letter from Harry Houdini to John Shaw Billings, Director of the Library, August 31, 1911.
Jonathan Blanc/New York Public Library
George Washington’s handwritten final draft of his farewell address, 1796.
Jonathan Blanc/New York Public Library
Charles Dicken’s letter opener. “The handle is made from the paw of Dickens’s pet cat Bob, and the blade is engraved ‘C. D. In Memory of Bob 1862,’ the year of the cat’s death.”


Elaine Charnov

Comments [2]

david from nj

SO so SOOO SO SEW soooooooooooooooooo! :(

Save us Patricia, Save Us!

Jul. 27 2011 01:36 PM
Larry from Brooklyn

The Croton Reservoir was a raised reservoir with Egyptian revival style walls. Thus, the library is where is was, not over where it was.

Jul. 27 2011 01:18 PM

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