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Founders Memorial Library Exhibits


September 2017

Main Exhibit: Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals

Cacao presents a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between culture, memory, food and identity—from ancient Mesoamerica to the present.  As a globally coveted indulgence, chocolate connects a wide web of people and cultures. This traveling exhibit was original created by UIC Latino Cultural Center.

Contact person: Kathy Ladell,, (815) 753-5290

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

“Something Old, Something New: Recent Acquisitions”

Items displayed in this exhibit were donated to or purchased for Rare Books and Special Collections within the past year.

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

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth Floor

“Southeast Asian Sports and Recreation”

The new exhibit in the Southeast Asian collection is all about sports.  It features materials on sports such as, soccer (football), boxing, badminton, table tennis and muay thai, as well as some lesser known, more traditionally Southeast Asian sports like sepak takaw, petanque, netball and futsal.  The exhibit was curated by Southeast Asia collection student worker Ben Thomas.

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

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Phone: (815) 753-1094

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DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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