What Do Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mary Mapes Dodge, and Elsie Leslie Have in Common? Our Juvenile Collection Provides the Answer

Frances Hodson Burnett, Mary Mapes Dodge, Elsie LeslieOne of my favorite collections in the Phillips Library is the juvenile collection.  Having taught Child Development, which included discussions on the importance of books in a child’s life, I was excited to learn about the collection and have spent many an afternoon exploring its depth.  Most of the titles were published in the mid-19th century and are structured around the moral themes of the time.  Many children’s classics are included along with a fascinating collection of juvenile periodicals.

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I Became a Patron – Lucy Larcom and The Lowell Offering Inspires Quilt Design

I started working at the Phillips Library in December, 2006.  In 2007, the New England Quilt Museum announced a juried exhibition that would honor the City of Lowell, Massachusetts and commemorate the museum’s 20th anniversary.  Entitled, Lowell Inside and Out, the exhibition would display quilts inspired by Lowell, its historic buildings, its canals, and its textile history.

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Logbooks as Art

The Peabody Essex Museum has its origins in the East India Marine Society. In 1799, twenty Salem, Massachusetts ship captains and supercargoes that had sailed around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn formed a society and one of the stipulations for membership was that they keep a log of their journey, recording wind, weather, ship sightings, and other points of interest. The Phillips Library now owns almost 3,000 of these ship logs, dating from 1748 to the mid-1900s.

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