APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER
New Acquisition
An Account and Illustration of the Nahant Sea Serpent

The William L. Clements Library recently acquired an August 16, 1819, letter by Marshal James Prince to US District Court Judge John Davis, respecting Prince's sighting of 'the  sea serpent'  off the coast of Nahant, Massachusetts.

The letter is heavily edited by Prince and by its recipient--apparently revised for submission to the editor of the Boston Daily Messenger. Judge Davis headed the New England Linnaean Society when he compiled testimonies to the sighting of the famous "Gloucester Sea Serpent" two years earlier. 

We add this letter to related holdings, such as the Linnaean Society's 1817 report, an 1819 dramatic jeu d'esprit   lampooning the serpent and those New Englanders who took the sightings seriously, and our recently acquired Edmund Lane and Joseph How colored engraving titled "SEA SERPENT engraved from a drawing taken from life."

This letter is on display in the front exhibit of the Clements on Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Clements Corner - Student Story
Melanie Lowrie
Work-Study Student in the Conservation Division
Senior in LSA
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Museum Studies and Art History

Q: Why are acquisitions important?
A: "In Museum Studies, they call it the "aura of an original". I think that's a lot of value to a researcher. There's a lot of rare things here that can offer researchers so much more than what an internet search can do". 
Upcoming Events and Lectures
Mapping the Great Lakes in the 17th Century

A Michigan Map Society Lecture 
in partnership with the Stephen S. Clark Library 

Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
April 18, 2017 6:00 - 7:30PM

Join Jean-Fran├žois Palomino as he discusses early French  mapping of the Great Lakes region and two noted cartographers who played seminal roles in introducing the Great Lakes to Europeans. 

Register   here .
Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America

Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
April 20, 2017 4:00 - 5:30PM

The adoption of firearms by American Indians between the 17th and 19th centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America's indigenous peoples. Author David Silverman will discuss this profound "cultural earthquake" and its impact with special focus on Pontiac's War. 

Books will be available for purchase. 

Register   here .
**Back by Popular Demand**
BROWN BAG LECTURE
A Newly Discovered 1790 Detroit Map

William L. Clements Library
April 26, 2017 12:00 - 1:00PM

Brian Dunnigan, Curator of Maps, will discuss an important acquisition of a previously unknown manuscript plan of Detroit as it was in 1790. Titled "Rough Scetch [sic] of the King's Domain at Detroit," by D.W. Smith, the plan captures Detroit at a significant time in its history.

Read more about the 1790 Map of Detroit in  this Detroit Free Press article

Register   here .
Upcoming Tours
Join us on a tour to explore the newly renovated, award winning library.  Please register by selecting a link below.

Out of the Ordinary: Gems and Oddities:

New exhibit - Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere: 
Clements In the News
Michigan Daily Feature
 
The Clements Library's Founders Day Lecture was featured in the Michigan Daily. 

Read about the successful event led by our Map curator, Brian Dunnigan,  here.
Events Highligh t
A Behind the Scenes Look with UM History Club

The History Club held a "Behind The Scenes" event at the Clements Library.

Thank you for visiting, History Club members! 
Clements Exhibits
Visit the Library on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to view current exhibits on display. The exhibits are open and free to the public. 
Out of the Ordinary: Gems and Oddities

Exhibit Ends April 21, 2017
 
Mapping in the Enlightenment: Science, Innovation, and the Public Sphere

Exhibit Starts April 28, 2017

For more information, please visit our website here

Other Exhibits featuring the Clements Library
The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance

Exhibit Ends April 30, 2017 

This exhibition, hosted by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library, explores the early history of Western medicine as illustrated by a broad selection of archaeological artifacts, papyri, medieval manuscripts, and early printed books. 

The Clements Library's 12th century manuscript of  Epitoma rei militaris by Flavius Vegetius Renatus will be on display. 
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