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Ohio University Libraries will kick off its bicentennial celebration on Tuesday, March 25, at the Founders Day Symposium, scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

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Libraries to formally kick off bicentennial with Founders Day Symposium

Event slated for March 25 at Alden Library


Ohio University Libraries is preparing to officially kick off its bicentennial celebration on Tuesday, March 25, at the Founders Day Symposium, scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

The event, titled "Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation," will feature three speakers, including:

  • Andrea Wulf, New York Times best-selling author of “Founding Gardeners” and the 2013 Eccles British Library writer-in-residence, who will give the keynote address
  • Dr. David Holben, a professor of nutrition at OHIO, Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a University Professor Award, whose presentation is titled, “Thomas Jefferson: Gardener and Gastronome”
  • Lauren Cohen, a senior studying applied nutrition at OHIO, who will discuss “Athens Locavores”

University Libraries Dean Scott Seaman said a familiar Ohio University historical figure is featured in Wulf's work – Manasseh Cutler, OHIO’s founding father.

"In Ms. Wulf's book, Cutler was cited as a prominent botanist in the 18th century. The history of botany in the late 18th and the early 19th centuries is fascinating, and the current views on sustainability, heirloom plants and genetic diversity makes this topic a perfect fit," said Seaman.

To complement Holben’s presentation, University Catering will be providing refreshments based on recipes that were popular during Thomas Jefferson’s era, including macaroons, bread pudding and a chocolate drink.

The symposium is one of several events during 2014 that will celebrate the University Libraries' long history of providing the University community and the Athens community with important resources, interesting programming and innovative research tools. From a simple collection of books to a multi-campus library system, the University Libraries have grown and supported OHIO for many decades.

"Ohio University Libraries is the oldest academic library in the Old Northwest Territory. Since the Libraries' origins, in 1814, it has grown to incorporate three million volumes, comprehensive electronic resources and world-renowned special collections. Among our special collections housed in OHIO's Libraries is a collection of Manasseh Cutler's papers," said Seaman.

The Founders Day Symposium is free and open to the OHIO and surrounding community.