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Busting with information Monday ….

our man on the shelf

our man on the shelf

We do not have Elves on the shelves in the High Library but we happen to have the likenesses of three very prominent historical figures displayed on our main level. So in honor of finals week, the time of year when we cram as many facts into our heads as we do turkey into our tummies at Thanksgiving – we bring you the following bits of fun facts.

Our #2 bust is none other than the Greek God Aesculapius . The God of medicine whose symbol is the snake-entwined staff.

photos thanks to Google Images

photos thanks to Google Images

He was one of the son’s of Apollo and in his honor,  a particular type of non-venomous snake was often used in healing rituals, and these snakes — the Aesculapian Snakes — slithered around freely on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. Thankfully there are no snakes slithering around our dormitories now! Our thanks to the our own Etown Alum, Charles Apgar, who gifted the busts to the High Library. Any guess who the other 2 gents are?

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Dedication … The Earl and Anita Hess Archives

The new Archives is named for Anita Hess ‘53 and her late husband Earl Hess.  Here Anita is shown at the ribbon cutting with President Carl Strikwerda.

The new Archives is named for Anita Hess ‘53 and her late husband Earl Hess. Here Anita is shown at the ribbon cutting with President Carl Strikwerda.

On Monday, November 3rd, the High Library staff was excited to celebrate the official dedication of the Earl H. & Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections.  The afternoon included a dessert reception with fantastic music by Marissa Jones ’15 and Frank Zarefoss ’15, a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting, and tours of the Hess Archives.  The new facility combines our College Archives and Special Collections with the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.  The dedication was a wonderful chance to celebrate the generous donors and College community members who made the new Archives possible, the Facilities crew who worked tirelessly to construct the new space, as well as the staff of the Library and Young Center who coordinated the move.

 

The Hess Archives is climate controlled for optimum preservation conditions and features a state of the art fire suppression system. Materials are housed in a series of compact, moveable shelving, which allows us to maximize the storage space.  The Hess Archives also includes a beautiful reading room with plenty of space for researchers, a processing area, and an office for our new Archivist.  We will be working on a variety of projects over the next year to organize the materials and make them accessible to researchers.

 

Interested in learning more about the Hess Archives and our unique holdings? Contact the Archivist, Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh at grover@etown.edu or x1506.  Also, feel free to stop by Rachel’s office adjacent to the Hess Archives on level 1 of the High Library.

 

High Library Director Sarah Penniman speaks at the dedication ceremony in the Winters Alcove.  Young Center Director Jeff Bach looks on.

High Library Director Sarah Penniman speaks at the dedication ceremony in the Winters Alcove. Young Center Director Jeff Bach looks on.