Tag: displays

Shakespeare’s American home

For all things Shakespeare in England, scholars and devotees go to Stratford-Upon-Avon or London (see The Shakespeare Globe experience). But in the United States, they come to Washington, DC, to the Folger Shakespeare Library, situated behind the Library of Congress. A gift…

History comes alive at hands-on museum

The Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, Ontario is no ordinary museum. The building is the house where William Lyon Mackenzie lived and worked in the 1820s. He printed a newspaper here called The Colonial Advocate before moving to York (now Toronto) and…

A day at the museum

Ever since the Ben Stiller movie “A Night at the Museum” came out in 2006, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has said it has had record attendance. Thousands of people have been captivated by the story…

A shrine for the Brownings

When you mention the names Robert Browning or Elizabeth Barrett Browning these days, most people don’t know who these writers were, let alone what they were famous for. But toss around the following phrases, and people recognize them instantly. “How…

Rare paper

It’s not often one has the opportunity to see rare documents. So it was wonderful for me to be able to peruse original copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the Declaration of Independence, which were on display at the Dallas…

“We choose to go to the moon!”

John F. Kennedy repeated those words several times in a speech he gave at Rice University in 1962, inspiring Americans to take up the challenge to fly a man to the moon before the decade was out. I was a…

Fashion in fiction

Do you ever wonder what your favourite characters from classic fiction might have had in their clothes closets? How would Jane Eyre have dressed herself to impress Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s novel? Or what would Anne of Green Gables have looked like…

Library, garden, gallery

I posted a quote a month ago, which said “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” If you add the word “gallery” to that, you have The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in…

My shoes?

Book display in the Children’s Department at the San Diego Public Library in California.