Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thirty Third Annual
Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair
 Sunday, May 22, 11am to 5pm
Admission: $5.00

Michigan Union Ballroom, 2nd Floor
530 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI

For more information call:
West Side Book Shop (734) 995-1891

Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Booksellers Association
A benefit for the William L. Clements Library

Monday, April 18, 2011

Lecture by Kelly Sisson Lessens: "King Corn in the Kitchen, 1877-1918," April 28, 2011

Kelly Sisson Lessens
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan

“'To gladden and bless the nations of the earth':
King Corn in the Kitchen, 1877-1918”

Thursday, April 28, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor

Between the late 1870s and the first World War, a series of bumper corn crops prompted leaders in politics, industry, and branches of the federal government to market corn as a desirable "human food" in the United States and Europe. In this lecture, Kelly Sisson Lessens reviews the actions of the era’s American corn boosters to place the rise of King Corn into the context of industrialization, cultural change and agricultural market development in the United States.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Library at (734) 764-2347 or visit our website:

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Friday, April 15, 2011

Recently Published: Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists

Publication date: April 2011

Description from publisher's website:
"This collection in the popular Masters series, chosen and introduced by one of the world's top curators, offers field-defining work from 43 master book artists. The selections demonstrate conceptual, aesthetic, and technical excellence, as well as incredible beauty. Brief comments from the artists about their work, careers, and philosophies accompany the stunning images of their most innovative and technically accomplished book art achievements."

This beautifully-illustrated book includes 8 pages devoted to the work of Clements Library Conservator Julie Fremuth. Julie Fremuth is an accomplished book artist who regularly participates in the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and will be its featured artist for 2011. In 2009, she was invited to show her work in the Yokohama International Open-Air Art Fair, the first art fair of its kind in Japan (see article on

Related posts:
Staff Favorite: Tapa Cloth from Captain Cook's Voyages (April 28, 2010)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Afternoon with the Curators, April 14, 2011

Afternoon with the Curators
Thursday, April 14, 2011
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us to talk with the curators as they discuss our current exhibit, Opening Guns:  The First Year of Civil War. (Exhibit runs until June 3, 2011.)

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website at or call the Clements Library at 734-764-2347.

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI

Friday, April 1, 2011

Founder's Day at the Clements

On this date in 1861, William L. Clements was born to James and Agnes Clements of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Less than two weeks later, Fort Sumter fell to the Confederates and the Civil War began (Visit the Library's current exhibit, Opening Guns: The First Year of the Civil War, to learn more about this time in our nation's history.)

Sixty-two years later, on June 15, 1923, Mr. Clements presided over the dedication of the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Founder's Day was first held at the Library in 1938, and has been re-instituted as an annual Library tradition beginning in 2009. Yesterday, the Clements Library celebrated with a public lecture by Dr. Peter H. Wood, "Near Andersonville": Winslow Homer's Civil War.

See last year's post for more on the history of Founder's Day celebrations:
April 1, 2010: Founder's Day Celebration: Happy Birthday, Mr. Clements!

Further reading:
History of the William L. Clements Library
Margaret Maxwell, Shaping a Library: William L. Clements as Collector (1973).