Women’s History Month is often spent celebrating“firsts” because women have struggled to break into so many industries that each first is a small victory for the greater movement. Even in 2018, when equality is a part of the national conversation, there are still offices that women have not held and tables at which women have not been allowed to sit. These issues sometimes receive national attention, but they are just as important locally. For this reason, today we are celebrating a Newport first, the first woman to be elected to the Representative Council: Lina Post Webster.
The Redwood holds in its coffers many books. For the most part, these are whole. And a library often does not set out to buy books which are incomplete. Sometimes, we might buy or retain a book which is imperfect because it is the only state available. Or perhaps the imperfection itself tells us an interesting piece of the history of the book. But it is less common to have individual leaves of books in a library.
This reading list will celebrate something that should be admired and discussed daily; Women's History. Our world is full of leading ladies, from the beginning of time to today. Their history deserves to be read and enjoyed as anyone else's. This reading list crosses a broad spectrum of leading ladies, from one of the most well known names, to a simple woman who kept a diary in the early years of American colonization. Please celebrate Women's History Month by reading up on one of these leading ladies.
On this last week of Black History Month, we pay tribute to an African-American athlete and trailblazer who is immortalized just down the road from the Redwood Library at the International Tennis Hall of Fame: Althea Gibson (1927-2003).
On February 22nd, The Artillery Company of Newport will march to the Redwood Library to celebrate the 286th birthday of George Washington. In honor of his birthday, this reading list will focus on him, with a bonus book of course on the Artillery Company as well. Washington carries many titles with his name; General, Founding Father, President, Family Man, Surveyor, Slave Owner. What did these titles mean, and what makes George Washington so interesting, so important in our lives.
This past Wednesday, February 7th, we held our first Redwood Treasures event of the year. Out on display were books, objects, and manuscripts from all periods, generously given to the library throughout our history. They included examples of the 18th century history of Newport, printing history from the age of incunabulum through the 19th century, and the fascination early members had with understanding the world, the arts, and religion. If you missed the event, today we are presenting a brief round-up of some of the highlights and we’ll leave you with a promise that we will hold another Redwood Treasures event soon!
In honor of Black History Month, Michelle Farias, our Special Collections Assistant and Archivist, has curated a reading list to learn from and enjoy. These books highlight different figures in Black History, and their impact on the world.
This week's blog post, by Redwood Library's Tour Coordinator/Technical Services Assistant Brandon Aglio, is in anticipation of next week's Redwood Treasures event! By the second half of the 18th century, any enjoyable meeting of associates or friends would be accompanied by punch and the collection of the Redwood Library has is a classic example, gifted by Ms. Ellen Townsend in 1883.
With cold winds of February keeping us inside, lets take a trip around the world through the books of this reading list. These books feature locations around the world with a twist... Rather than focus on the background of the location, or simple history of the area, these tales will feature the city or country in the title, and will take place in these different locations. You will be taken to far off places without having to leave your seat!
The replacements for the missing volumes from the Original Collection of the Redwood Library, which were lost as a result of the American Revolution, are worth our efforts in studying them for reasons beyond their ability to help us tell the story of the Redwood’s holdings. Each replacement volume is unique and comes to the Redwood Library with its own past that enriches our understanding of history.