The Michigan Historical Museum has an interesting new exhibit titled Put It On Paper featuring works from a variety of authors and creative minds.
It includes one of my favorite authors from childhood – Laura Ingalls Wilder. Apparently she donated some of her original manuscripts to a library in Detroit and they are on loan for the exhibit. I was all a twitter when I saw the land deed signed by her husband Almanzo Wilder (illegally since he wasn’t of age to buy land and lied to get in on a good price) which is on display at the National Archives in Washington D.C. It would be amazing to see some works in her own handwriting. Especially These Happy Golden Years which I re-read all through high school (romantic sop that I was).
The exhibit also includes works from authors Ernest Hemingway, original drawings of the Twin Towers by Minoru Yamasaki, and pieces from illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (best known for the illustrations in The Legend of Sleeping Bear).
Across the disciplines this exhibit is supposed to provide a window into the creative process – while encouraging visitors to engage in their own creativity.
I hope to make it back to Michigan before August 25 – the last day of this exhibit. Not only would it be great to see these materials but it would be nice to revisit the Michigan Historical Museum. It is housed in the Michigan Library and Historical Center which includes the Archives of Michigan – where I first started on my path in libraries as an undergraduate intern.
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