Hispanic Heritage Month

The Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) with an exhibit in the library entrance hall of materials that have to do with our country’s Hispanic heritage. There is also a cart of books, CDs and DVDs next to the circulation desk that are ready to circulate. Both the exhibit and the cart were arranged by Andra Crawford and Eileen Cusick.

National Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 when Congress authorized President Lyndon Johnson to proclaim Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded by Congress in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It is intended to be a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean and Central and South America. This year’s theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.”

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively. More information about the Hispanic heritage of the United States can be found at the National Hispanic Heritage Month web site: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

A New Exhibit for Fall

We have a new exhibit up in the Library’s display area in Rockefeller Hall (we had previously mentioned it here in the blog as a possible show for last spring, but better late than never, no?).  The show’s title is “Gone but not Forgotten: Exploring Exeter’s Missing Past.” Made up mostly of scanned archival images, the show focuses on Academy halls, homes, and interior spaces that either no longer exist, or have been radically transformed over the years. Below are four images from the exhibit; we may post more in the weeks to come:

2010 Lamont Poet, W.S. Merwin, named the new U.S. Poet Laureate

Just two months after giving a reading at the Academy as part of the Lamont Poetry series, W.S. Merwin was named Poet Laureate of the United States. You can read the official Library of Congress press release here, and a recently published New York Times article about  Merwin here.

To read a handwritten poem by Merwin, as well as those of the other Lamont Poets, please see the Library’s special online exhibit.

The new U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin (photo by Brian Crowley)