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Whitney Van Dyke

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“Turn fresh eyes on old buildings”

That was the call to action for some 20 photographers who are experts on the social media platform Instagram. They joined us for a special preview of PEM’s Ropes Mansion. Following an extensive six-year renovation and conservation project, the Ropes Mansion just reopened to the public on Saturday, May 23rd. It’s been a remarkable undertaking as chronicled on an earlier blog post.   As our Instagrammers found out, the result is quite snappy indeed. Read more

Storytelling Video Blog #1: Little Songs of Shade and Sunshine

& Catherine Robertson

Introducing the first Conversant video post!  This is the first post in a new series called “Storytelling.” Inspired by the recent Mass Poetry Festival, we picked a lovely illustrated book from our collection and read the poems aloud. It can be difficult to feel a sense of energy when viewing only still images of largely textual objects. We hope this post, and others in future, helps bring some of those objects to life. Read more

Getting To Know the Ropes Family through the Books

Over the past several months, the Phillips Library has shared in the excitement of discovering the stories of the Ropes family in preparation for the reopening of the Ropes Mansion on May 23rd—after the recent restoration of the interior. Here, I’ll share some highlights uncovered during the cataloging of the Ropes family book collection.

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