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2009 Displays


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International Year of Astronomy 2009: Celebrating 400 Years of Modern Astronomy

1st Floor Display
November 13, 2009 - March 2010

The United Nations declared 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to study the skies, and Kepler’s publication of Astronomia Nova. As the year concludes, the Library has books and items relating to Astronomy on display. Dowling College offers Astronomy and Natural Science courses each semester.

DisplayMusical Inspirations

2nd Floor Display
November 2009 - March 2010

Music inspires us, expresses emotions, and can affect our mood. Think of how the holiday music we are bombarded with during this time of the year effects us. Likewise, the instruments musicians use to create music can inspire the musician. Musical instruments are often works of art when viewed individually. The artisans that created carved and decorated these beautiful instruments no doubt provided inspiration to the musicians who used them, who then in turn provide musical inspiration to the listener. Special thanks are offered to the Library Faculty and Staff who loaned these instruments for the display: Jane Frazer, Joyce Gotsch, Cheryl Hahn, Diane Holliday, Nikki Palumbo, and Gail Scherz.

Getting Physical DisplayGetting Physical

2nd Floor Display
September 2009 - November 2009

This display highlights the library’s book, video and dvd holdings in running, yoga, walking, rowing, and other aerobic activities. In addition, physical fitness as a coaching discipline and stress management device are also examined. Fitness items on display have been lent by Library Faculty and Staff.

Archives Dowling Through the Years: Items Donated to the College Archives, Summer 2009

1st Floor Display
August 2009 - November 2009

The items that are showcased here were all donated during the Summer of 2009 in response to a call for items made to the Dowling community during the Spring 2009 semester. Many interesting items were donated: t-shirts, folders, paperweights, pins, tuxedo studs, and even a clock, all with the Dowling insignia proudly visible. Special thanks to the following donors: Su Garrison-Terry, Diane Holliday, Russell Lauper, Dr. Rhoda Miller, Dr. John Ogg, Nikki Palumbo, Dr. Patricia Sandilands, Gail Scherz, and several anonymous donors. Do you have Dowling College memorabilia that you wish to donate? Contact the Archives and Special Collections Librarian at 244-3397.

Aldrin on Moon, courtesy of NASAFly Me to the Moon: Forty Years Since the First Lunar Landing

2nd Floor Display
June 2009 - August 2009

July 20, 1969 marks the fortieth anniversary of man's landing on the moon. This display commemorates that event with a number of books from the Library on the topic; everything from the building of the lunar module at Grumman on Long Island to Michael Collins' thoughts as he orbited the Moon waiting for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to return from the surface. Also included are a number of items representing how the Moon landing rippled throughout the culture, commemorated in everything from lates to needlepoint.
The image is courtesy of NASA and shows Buzz Aldrin disembarking from the lunar module.

Listen to Dowling alum and NASA engineer, Fred Zito discuss his work on the lunar landing.

Bronco CharlieBroncho Charlie: The Man, the Restaurant, the Legend

1st Floor Display
May 2009 - August 2009

Broncho Charlie Miller (1850 -1955) was perhaps most famous for being famous. He claimed to be the youngest Pony Express rider, having joined up at age 11. He led parades for Teddy Roosevelt. And at the age of 77, when others would have been well retired, Charlie moved to Oakdale and became a fixture in the vibrant Artists' Colony in Idle Hour. Not only did he build himself a cabin down on Frog Lane but he built another on Montauk Highway from which he sold ice cream and wood carvings. This "Log Cabin" was sold to the Marx Family in 1946 and became Bronco Charlie's Restaurant, which eventually grew as large as Charlie's legend and served as a focal point for the community for many years. Many residents remember celebrating important events there, as well as meeting Charlie and hearing him spin tales of the old days. When he died in 1955 at age 105, he was the last surviving Pony Express rider.

In honor of Broncho Charlie, the Library Reference Room is featuring a display of memorabilia, artifacts and documents explaining the many facets of the Broncho Charlie story. Included are pictures of Charlie working with children, his "autobiography," and items preserved from the former Bronco Charlie's restaurant.

From the American Memory ProjectLincoln Bicentennial

2nd Floor Display
January 2009 – May 2009

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1965) was the 16th president of the United States. He is well-known for seeing this country through one of its toughest periods of internal strife, the Civil War. An outspoken opponent of slavery, he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing all slaves. He also delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history. His Gettysburg Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. and died the next day, April 15, 1865. He remains a symbol of national unity.

The image at right is from the Library of Congress' American Memory project Selected Civil War Photographs

Last updated January 21, 2011 by Laura Pope Robbins