Opening Reception for “A Place of Reading”

Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 to 6pm
Smith College

The Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, and the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) will co-sponsor an opening reception for the exhibition, “A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America,” in the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library (3rd floor), Smith College, Northampton MA on Thursday, February 28 from 4 to 6 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

“A Place of Reading” illuminates the places in which early Americans read books, newspapers, and other publications. It features books, prints, broadsides, watercolors, lithographs, etc., from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). The exhibition was curated by Cheryl Harned, a history graduate student at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A supplementary exhibition, ” ‘Cultivating the nobler part of her nature’: Books for Women and Girls in Early America” is also on view outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room, just down the hall from the Book
Arts Gallery. This exhibition was curated by seniors in the Book Studies Concentration at Smith.

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