Cabinets of Curiosity: James Ford Bell Library

Tue, Oct 3 2023, 1pm

James Ford Bell Library, in Elmer L. Andersen Library

The James Ford Bell Library holds a treasure house of historical hand-colored maps, rare travel journals, and artifacts from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The October UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity tour, led by Marguerite Ragnow, curator, and her assistant Anne Goode, begin with two exhibits, “Eyes on the World: Cartography in the Age of the Sail” and “Curious strangers: Views of the Other on Early Modern Maps,” including the valuable Ricci map. They will then provide direct access to several of the rare, artistic, and informative maps that undergird the era of global exploration as well as illuminated letters of James I of England to the emperors of China and Japan and an early 19th century book of costumes of China, illustrating people in a variety of walks of life/professions.

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The event is free but registration is required. Event size is limited so register soon. 

Join the tour on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, from 1-3 pm, at the Wallin Center on the ground level of Elmer L. Andersen Library, which is located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Personal items will go into lockers. The closest parking is the Law School Parking Lot. After the tour, those interested will convene for conversation and refreshments at the Town Hall Brewery, just two blocks away.

Can’t attend this time? Look for more Cabinets of Curiosity outings in the coming months.

Questions are welcome to Sally Gregory Kohlstedt ([email protected]), Jan Morlock ([email protected]), or Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]). 

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