News and Exhibits

Washington’s Reception

Washington's Reception by the Ladies lithograph Kellogg

In April of 1789, President-elect George Washington made his way from his home in Virginia to the young country’s then-capital, New York City, for his inauguration on the last day of the month. He made frequent stops along the way to greet his numerous supporters. The most represented of… Continue reading »

Health Days at the libraries

Promotional Poster for Spring 2021 Collect Yourself program

For Health Days (April 21-22 & May 7) we're inviting you to use the libraries to support your health and well-being.  We're encouraging you to PLAY, EXPLORE and CREATE. Did you know that we have board games, lawn games and zine making kits? Continue reading »

The Two Lexingtons

Lexington of 1861 lithograph Currier and Ives

Eighty-six years to the day after the storied battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, a similarly symbolical scuffle took place in the streets of Baltimore. A week before, on April 12th, the Civil War had begun with the Battle of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, which saw… Continue reading »

Currier & Ives, Prolific Lithographers

Currier and Ives Last Ditch of Chivalry lithograph

The firm Currier & Ives was among the most popular and influential, not to mention prolific, purveyors of images in 19th-century America. Nathaniel Currier, its founder, learned the then-young trade of lithography in the early years of the 1830s, when he was a teenage apprentice for a Boston shop… Continue reading »

Health and Wellness at Schow

How do you deal with stress and improve your overall health and well-being? Perhaps you go for a jog, listen to a favorite podcast, spend time in nature, or get a good night’s sleep. Schow’s new display focuses on stress relief, health, and wellness and highlights library resources which might… Continue reading »

Eugéne by the River

Eugene by Charles B. Foster etching 1879

In this humble etching in the Chapin Library’s art collection, by the Maine-born artist Charles B. Foster, a young boy — the titular Eugéne, one presumes — sits beside a river, fishing. Hastily rendered, the print bears a background that is hardly more than a few scratched lines in… Continue reading »

A Paragon of Political Satire

Thomas Nast Mark Twain in Canada Harpers Weekly wood engraving

Thomas Nast was a paragon of political satire in 19th-century America. Cartooning for the popular New York-based magazine Harper’s Weekly from 1864 to 1886, Nast’s penchant for the indelible and the mordant made his images of political and cultural critique among the most influential of America’s postbellum decades. Indeed, it… Continue reading »

Out and About with Outing

Outing magazine cover February 1896

During America’s Gilded Age, the advent of a new managerial class quickly begot that class’s rapacious interest in sports and sporting. Baseball, basketball, tennis, and golf. Bike rides, carriage rides, and eventually car rides. Anything outdoors and active, spectatorial or slightly thrilling, came to serve as leisure for this… Continue reading »