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Traditions of the Season

Items from the library's collection highlight seasonal traditions

Posted 12.13.13 by Allison Fischbach

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The holidays are upon us once again, evident in the blur of light strings and radio stations devoted solely to Christmas tunes. Over the course of the slow winter months, many retreat to the traditions of the season for comfort, warmth and light. This month's Traditions of the Season exhibit at the Decker Library highlights common practices of the winter months.

Materials on display include handmade holiday cards from past MICA students and faculty, photos from holiday events, and articles featuring seasonal MICA news. The exhibit also hosts materials featuring the lesser known history of Santa Claus and the modern Christmas tree, the origins of Kwanzaa, and Chanukah traditions. Seasonal foods, including breads, sweets, and hot chocolate are also on display (unfortunately, only in picture).

Also featured are traditional Christmas stories, including illustrated editions of the classic Charles Dickens' tale A Christmas Carol, the popular poem "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore, and excerpts from the annual Charlie Brown Christmas special.

Special collection items, including a letterpress, hand bound edition of "A Winter Walk" by Henry David Thoreau and the instructive How to Build an Igloo by Norbet Yankielun also provide ideas on just what to do now that cold, snowy days have arrived.

Step into the Decker Library over the next few weeks and take advantage of the warmth and the history on display.

December 13, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Curated by Allison Fischbach and Kathy Cowan

Circulation Policy for books on Exhibit
Circulating books on display in the museum cases may be put on hold at any time during the week, and are available for checkout on Friday. Please see a staff member at the circulation desk to request a book from the cases. Titles, when available, may be checked out at any time from the MRC.

For books on display from the Special Collections (Cage), please see a reference librarian.

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This page: Greeting card by past MICA faculty Amy Drevenstedt
Thumbnail: Greeting card by Amy Drevenstedt, detail.



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