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Founders Memorial Library Exhibits


April 2017

“National Library Week April 9-15, 2017”

Libraries are far more than warehouses of information, providing carefully selected, cataloged, organized and maintained collections; instruction in the access, use, and evaluation of all types of information; and the spaces appropriate for library users to access, create, and collaborate on information. Celebrate National Library Week at a favorite library near you!

Contact person: Rosanne Cordell,, (815) 753-9804

Regional History Center exhibit – Fourth floor

Reading Room cases:

“Eugene V. Debs: Unionist, Socialist, and Activist”

An exhibit celebrating the life and activism of Eugene V. Debs, who was the country’s leading socialist and labor organizer, and four-time candidate for President by 1918. Debs rose to national prominence in 1894 by leading striking railroad workers in the Pullman Strike in Chicago which affected more than 250,000 workers in 27 states and most railroad routes west of Detroit. In 1918, Debs was arrested and convicted to ten years in prison for speaking against the Wilson administration and U.S. involvement in World War I. At his sentencing hearing, Debs addressed the court in his own defense in a speech that instantly became a classic.

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit – Fourth floor

“Sharp Words: Satire and Ridicule in the Stacks of Rare Books and Special Collection”

Inspired by the NIU Art Museum’s Hand in Hand exhibit, Rare Books and Special Collections is displaying items that exhibit satire, ridicule, irony, and caricatures.

Contact person: Angie Schroeder,, (815) 753-9838.

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit – Fourth floor

“Cast Out To See”

In collaboration with the Asian American Center and NIU alum Anthonie Tumpag, the Southeast Asia collection presents Cast Out To See, an expansion of an exhibit Tumpag co-currated at the Field Museum, which centers around the lin-lingo neck ornament.  The exhibit highlights many variations of this symbol that exist throughout Southeast Asia. The exhibit hopes to speak about the symbol's cultural significance for different ethnic groups and the new meanings and interpretations people of the region attribute to the symbol in contemporary times.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819.


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Phone: (815) 753-1995


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