Leaf paintings from the Pitcairn Islands
Here at the Phillips Library we can boast a patron audience of a truly global nature. Given the unique history of our founding institutions, the Essex Institute and the Peabody Museum of Salem, we have materials and collections from all corners of the world. This can engender some fascinating requests made through our various reference outlets. Recently, we received a request from a patron from the remote island of Pitcairn in the South Pacific. Read more
"Bride and Bridegroom" page from "Wedding Bells"
Since I am headed off to attend the wedding of a high school friend this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be interesting to dive into our collections for materials related to matrimony. Read more
Cover page for the "Celebration of the First Battle of the Revolution" program
While not a national holiday in the United States, Patriot’s Day is a day of great import in Massachusetts, the state of its inception. An official state holiday since 1894, Patriot’s Day commemorates the seminal Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord fought on April 19, 1775, and the Civil War Riot in Baltimore of April 19, 1861. Read more