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Save the date: Founders Day Symposium at Alden Library

As part of the celebration of the Ohio University Libraries 200th anniversary, the University community is invited to save the date for the Founders Day Symposium, March 25, 2014.

The event, titled "Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" will feature three speakers. Speakers at the symposium include:

  • Andrea Wulf, author of the New York Times Bestselling author of "Founding Gardeners" and the 2013 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence

  • Dr. David Holben, an OHIO professor of nutrition who will speak on "Thomas Jefferson: Gardener and Gastronome"

  • OHIO senior Lauren Cohen, who is studying applied nutrition and will discuss Athens Locavores

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

"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.

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 years.

"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, who is the founder of Ohio University," said Seaman.

The event takes place in the fourth floor of Alden Library, Tuesday, March 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. University community members received personal invitations, via e-mail, to the event. A postcard copy of the invitation is available as a PDF for those wishing to share this information.