Photographing Freetowns features Helen Balfour Morrison’s poignant photographs of African American life in Depression-era Kentucky. Though Morrison is largely unknown today, she created impressive work that preserves fleeting moments even as it hints at the complex racial dynamics behind her photography.
January 20 - April 15
January 11 - March 9
Hamilton has revived interest in one of the most complex founding fathers. Though it’s steeped in history, the musical alone cannot fully reveal Hamilton’s genius, ambition, and tragic combativeness. Primary sources from the Newberry’s collection are on display to help fill in the blanks (sans hip hop accompaniment, unfortunately!).
Registration for the Winter/Spring Term of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminar Program is now open! Each term, seminar instructors facilitate lively classroom debate and discussion in a variety of subjects, from literature and music history to philosophy and creative writing.
From the Stacks
Opposition to the culture of dueling preceded the infamous Hamilton-Burr duel of 1804, and it intensified in the wake of the duel’s stunning result. The Newberry’s collection contains a number of items representing both sides of the debate. Read about them on our blog, and see them on display in Hamilton: The History Behind the Musical.
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.