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Dartmouth Ski Tramway

It seems that once again ski season is upon us. Long regarded as a favorite New England skiing and snowboarding destination, New Hampshire boasts a hearty twenty-two skiing areas and resorts. Dartmouth, in extension, is consistently ranked as the prefe… Continue reading

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Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful….

It was COLD this morning, and even colder yesterday, but an old time New Englander might pooh-pooh that with a “Hey, when I was a kid, there were weeks in January when we never saw the warm side of zero.” Would he be remembering correctly? Am I really… Continue reading

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Dartmouth in the Rose Bowl?

In 1937, Dartmouth was a major college football powerhouse and was invited to play Cal in the Rose Bowl on January 1st–and Dartmouth turned it down. It is hard to imagine both sides of that sentence: Dartmouth invited to the Rose Bowl? A major college… Continue reading

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Not "A Christmas Carol"

Everybody knows the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts of Christmas whose visitations cause the former miser and all around misanthrope to reform. The other novellas of Christmas penned by Charles Dickens have not stood the test of t… Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Seuss

Like the rest of the country, we have had school children on our minds this week. We were reminded of a batch of very sweet letters in our Ted Geisel collection addressed to Dr. Seuss. It seemed like a good time to share a few, as well as one of Seuss’… Continue reading

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Nature Printing

Natural history in the nineteenth century strove to describe and classify everything in the living world. Museums were bulging at the seams with specimens and catalogs listing and illustrating classes of life proliferated. For some in the field, tradit… Continue reading

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“My Work Did Not ‘Evolve’”

“My work did not ‘evolve’ into a serious work. It started like that,” states a somewhat testy J. R. R. Tolkien in response to a request for information about himself and his books from Miss Bradley at the London office of the New York Times. Tolkien, … Continue reading

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By the Author of ‘Jane Eyre’

A while back we blogged about the first edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The publisher promoted the book with the suggestion that it was written by Charlotte Bronte (rather than Anne).  Well, we just acquired the first American edition of W… Continue reading

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De architectura

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman of the first-century B.C. He served in several of Julius Caesar’s campaigns, most likely as an engineer responsible for the construction and maintenance of the army encampment. Little else is known about his life sav… Continue reading

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The Real Little Women

It’s no secret among Little Women fans that Louisa May Alcott based her beloved novel on her life growing up with three sisters. However, fewer people know just how much of the Alcott family’s work lies within the walls of Rauner Library. Though we are… Continue reading

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