150 Years of Stories: Williamstown's Public Library

This snapshot of the year 1874 is selected from the holdings of Williams Special Collections, recognizing the 150th anniversary of the founding of our town’s public library, now known as the Milne Library. This narrow slice of printed matter from the year provides a glimpse into human rights catastrophes (“Indian Removal”), approaches to the education of minoritized groups including girls, African Americans, and Native Americans, and literature popular at the time (Dickens, Hardy). Books published in 1874 will be on display in the Sawyer Library Instruction Gallery (4th floor), Mon-Fri, 10-4, for the month of March.