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Life, liberty and love of great books: K-State Libraries host 'Wisdom of the Ages'

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Work by Isaac Newton

Work by Isaac Newton, the famed scientist and mathematician, is among the items in "Wisdom of the Ages," an exhibit of written works that have shaped the course of history, on display at Kansas State University's Hale Library. | Download this photo.

 

MANHATTAN — Liberty and dignity, cornerstones of our nation's spirit, have long been expressed in great books. This fall, Kansas State University Libraries host "Wisdom of the Ages," an exhibit of written works that have shaped the course of history.

The interdisciplinary exhibit includes rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, Magna Carta and dozens of first editions.

Among the authors:

• Leading political minds such as John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Paine.

• Founders of the women's rights movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Mary Wollstonecraft.

• Philosophers and religious leaders, from Plato to Martin Luther to Abu Abdallah Muhammad.

• Abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and African-American leader Booker T. Washington.

• Great scientists and mathematicians such as Galileo and Isaac Newton.


Their writings represent a small sample of items held by the Remnant Trust, a public educational foundation. The Remnant Trust shares its growing collection on the topics of individual liberty and human dignity through traveling exhibits. "Wisdom of the Ages" is on view now through Dec. 16 on the second floor of Hale Library.

K-State librarians will be available from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to assist visitors who would like the unique opportunity to handle and read the books. Additionally, teachers and community groups who would like to bring a class to "Wisdom of the Ages" are welcome to make an appointment with a librarian by emailing libexhibits@k-state.edu.

Librarians will also be available to assist the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at K-State Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. Additional Saturday hours will be scheduled on Oct. 22 for K-State Homecoming and Nov. 19 as soon as the home football game times have been announced. Visit lib.k-state.edu/events for up-to-date information.

Several professors will speak about works from their areas of expertise in a lecture series; details will be released soon. Contact Darchelle Martin, public relations officer, at 785-532-7442 for more information.

"Even though ‘Wisdom of the Ages' is here a short time, this is a great opportunity for students to learn about similar rare materials that are always available on campus through the Richard L.D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections," said Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries.

The Morse Department, on Hale Library's fifth floor, holds manuscripts, rare books, photographs and more that serve the diverse research needs of academics, casual researchers, and those interested in the history of Kansas State University.

"Wisdom of the Ages" is made possible by the Kansas State University Office of the President.



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Darchelle Martin
785-532-7442
martin05@k-state.edu

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K-State Libraries

Written by

Sarah McGreer Hoyt
785-532-7452
shoyt@k-state.edu

At a glance

Rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, Magna Carta and dozens of other noted first editions are on display through Dec. 16 on the second floor of Hale Library at Kansas State University. The rare works from some of the most noted minds in history are part of the "Wisdom of the Ages" exhibit through The Remnant Trust.