October 2008 – June 2009
The Bancroft Corridor Gallery
A collaborative exhibit prepared by staff of the Museum and the University Archives. The materials for this display come from the University’s rich holdings of publications, personal papers, photographs, historical artifacts, and artwork.
Mark Twain at Play
December 1st 2008 – March 31st 2009
10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
Please note that the exhibition will be closed for the Library’s Winter Holiday Closure period of December 24th through January 4th.
How did Mark Twain spend his time when the “bread-and-butter element” was put aside and he was free to relax and amuse himself? This exhibition provides a broad view of his leisure pursuits, from amateur theatricals to yachting – and explores the permeable border between his “play” and his “work.” As the author said in 1905, “What I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it.”
The exhibit is in the Bancroft’s new Gallery, located in the Bancroft’s Rotunda lobby immediately inside the front entrance. Visitors can check in at the Reception Desk in the Rotunda. The Gallery is the only area of the Bancroft Library that will be accessible to the public before January 5th.