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  • Houghton Library: Who Cares? A 75th Anniversary Symposium
    October 5-6, 2017
    This year Houghton Library, Harvard University’s primary rare books and manuscripts library, marks its 75th anniversary. We’ve acknowledged the occasion in many ways, but with this symposium we seek to resist the themes of comfortable reflection, appreciation, and celebration that attend anniversaries. Instead, we intend to examine our legacy, mission, and our path forward through the lens of the question: who cares? Free to register
  • Tours of the exhibition: Open House 75: Houghton Library Staff Select
    Houghton Library staff celebrate the library’s 75th anniversary with an open house-inspired showcase of its outstanding collections. Join us for an exhibition tour to discover Houghton Library through the eyes of those who know it best.
    • Tuesday, June 20, 12:30-1:15 pm
    • Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-6:15 pm
    • Wednesday, August 16, 12:30-1:15 pm
  • We’re having a party and you’re invited! In 2017 Houghton Library turns 75. Join us for a year-long series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, and open houses, in celebration of the library’s 75th anniversary. For further information on how you can celebrate with us, see houghton75.org
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