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Rare Books at Dartmouth

As a senior, I have been wanting to make sure that my time at Dartmouth is filled with new experiences. Dartmouth has so many opportunities for students to do, such as studying abroad or doing fellowships, but there are also smaller--yet still meaningful--opportunities for students to take advantage of while they are here. This week, I made a commitment to go to some of these events!

The first event was a book reading by a recent graduate, Caroline Cook. Cook just published a book based on the life of the first female tenure professor at Dartmouth. The book "Tell Them to Be Quiet and Wait" seemed very interesting, and I was lucky enough to buy a signed copy after the reading. I especially liked the topic, since reading books and stories based on or set at Dartmouth lets me imagine the world that the story is in. I can imagine the Green, Baker Library, or Webster Avenue, something that not many readers can do!

Hopefully I can come back to campus after I graduate with my own book!
Hopefully I can come back to campus after I graduate with my own book!

The second event was a rare books exhibition held at Rauner Library. The library holds tens of thousands of rare books and artifacts and is especially accessible to students. The exhibit was led by the Catholic Student Center, Aquinas House, and led by a guest priest named Father Innocent Smith, O.P.

An artifact from the exhibit!
An artifact from the exhibit!
The books, manuscripts, and hymns were extremely interesting to look at, and I had to be careful to not get any of the pages smudged with my fingers! But the historian side in me was very happy to see these artifacts, and it made me want to go to Rauner events even more.

With all of the various events Dartmouth has each week, it can be easy to simply ignore the emails advertising them. However, taking time to see what is going on and attending for a little bit is often a rewarding experience. I look forward to exploring more!

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