Concord Stories from Special Collections: Alexander von Humboldt and the United States
Concord Stories from Special Collections is a new virtual series that highlights the rich holdings of the Concord Free Public Library Corporation’s William Munroe Special Collections through stories about Concord’s people and places from a variety of guests, including Concord residents, scholars, researchers, and curators.
The featured guest for our first installment on October 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., is Dr. Eleanor Harvey, the senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her current exhibition, Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture, considers how deeply entwined the naturalist’s ideas were with America’s emerging identity, grounded in an appreciation of the landscape. In her presentation, Eleanor will focus on the significance of including one of Concord Free Public Library’s paintings, The Philosophers Camp in the Adirondacks by William James Stillman in her current exhibition, and the relationships between the Concord Transcendentalists and Humboldt.
Visit the Library's home page at https://concordlibrary.org on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. to join us for the premiere of Concord Stories!
Are you interested in learning more about Humboldt and the exhibit? Please visit the SAAM at https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/humboldt
Want to get an introduction to the Concord Free Public Library's art collection? We invite you to visit our self-guided virtual tour of selected artwork from the Concord Free Public Library Corporation’s William Munroe Special Collections https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/art-tour.