Foundations of the Earth: The Literature of Geology

To celebrate 200 years of teaching Geosciences at Williams College, the Chapin Library presents a selection of rare books from the 15th to the 19th centuries looking at the history of Geology from the use of minerals in medicine, early mining methods, and theories of the Earth to scientific collecting and surveying in America, Europe, and the Pacific. The exhibition is on view in the Chapin Gallery (Sawyer Library 406) through mid-September 2017 during our regular hours. Admission is free.

Also on display in the Chapin Gallery are the Founding Documents of the United States of America.

In the adjacent Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408) is an exhibition from the Chapin Library collections by graduate art history student intern Rachel Wilson, "Imagining American Union". America has always been in search of a more perfect union. The sheer diversity and size of the country, while a great blessing, is also a constant source of strife: how can so many different people agree on the common good? Who is allowed to craft this myth? How do various groups perceive this union differently? When has this goal been compromised? Over 250 years of history, many stories have been told of union and disunion. Two dreams – one of individuality and independence, the other of community and cooperation – have tugged at the American people. Nonetheless, our shared banner has remained intact, tattered yet still waving. Is it too soon to know if we will overcome the trials foreseen by Washington?

Finally, in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery (Sawyer 455) are works of art from the Chapin collections, as well as John James Audubon's Birds of America double elephant folio: a new Audubon plate is displayed roughly twice each month.

Future Exhibitions

In the Chapin Gallery this autumn, an exhibition will mark the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright from the Chapin Library's extensive collection of Wright's publications and other materials.

Past Exhibitions

This list includes primarily exhibitions presented in recent years:

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