Celebrating a Poet, A Self-Taught Artist, An Educator and A Lover of Nature

Three Titles Written by Lydia Louise Ann Very

Left to Right: An Old Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900); Sayings and Doings Among Insects and Flowers (1898); and A Strange Disclosure, A Tale of New England Life (1898)

March is National Women’s History Month, which celebrates the many different roles played by women throughout history, many of whom pushed beyond the stereotypes of their time.  April is National Poetry Month, during which the role of poetry in our lives is celebrated.  This blog post about Lydia Louise Ann Very (1823-1901), a talented, self-taught artist, educator, and poet, spans both of these celebrations.

Lydia L. A. Very

Image of Lydia Louise A. Very, printed on Frontispiece in An Old-Fashioned Garden, And Walks and Musings Therin (1900)

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Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 25

Painting of Ship, British Nation, Christmas Day Off the Five Islands, Painted by H. Noyes Lewis

Painting of Ship, British Nation, Christmas Day Off the Five Islands, Painted by H. Noyes Lewis

Remember the image of the sailor placing a Christmas tree on the mast of a ship, which was the subject of the December 2nd blog?  Well, we have come full circle.  This image depicts a ship fully decked out for Christmas, following the custom of hoisting an array of colorful signal flags amongst the rigging with sails unfurled. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 24

Santa Clause Presents His Compliments . . .Santa Has Not Yet Arrived

‘Twas the night before Christmas . . .  How many of us have gone to bed Christmas Eve listening to that story and wondering if we really did hear Santa on the roof?  This item, the earliest movable book version of Clement Moore’s classic tale, was published in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1858.  The rare toy book includes a lithograph of a fireplace decorated for Christmas on one side, with Moore’s poem printed on the other.  Read more