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Archive: September, 2012

Movable books, then and now

This week, Special Collections is featuring a small exhibit of movable books to coincide with the visit of pop-up book artist Robert Sabuda.  Come see movable children’s books from the 1850’s alongside some of Sabuda’s fantastic creations!    

Giovanni Cassini

September marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Giovanni (Jean) Cassini, the Italian astronomer. Cassini discovered four of Saturn’s moons and was a co-discoverer of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. He spent the first 20 years of his career at an observatory outside Bologna, Italy, and later became the director of the main astronomical institute …

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Wilford M. Hess photographs of the construction of the John A. Widtsoe Building

On the south side of the Brigham Young University campus a magnificent new life sciences building is under construction. It will replace the John A. Widtsoe Building on its completion. The Widtsoe Building was completed in 1968 and has served students for over forty years. The Wilford M. Hess photographs of the construction of the …

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O. Henry

Tuesday, Sept. 11 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of American writer William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), best known by his pen name O. Henry.  Porter is famous for witty short stories like “The Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Gift of the Magi,” which often feature surprise twists at the end. Porter was a …

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The City Beautiful Movement and the Karl G. Maeser Building

During the 1890s and early 1900s architects and city planners developed a philosophy aimed at improving American cities through the use of grandeur and beautification. The City Beautiful Movement renewed appreciation for neo-classical and beaux-art asthetics and their emphasis on the necessity of order, dignity, and harmony in architecture. It also called for the elimination …

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