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March 17, 2014

OHIO Libraries kick off bicentennial with Founders Day Symposium 

Ohio University Libraries is preparing to officially kick off its bicentennial celebration at the Founders Day Symposium, March 25 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The symposium will be held on the fourth floor of Alden Library.

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

  • 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, professor of nutrition at OHIO, Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the 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 notes Ohio University’s founder, Manasseh Cutler, is featured in Wulf's work.

"In Ms. Wulf's book, Cutler was cited as a prominent botanist in the 18th century,” he said. “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.”

The symposium is one of several events to be held during 2014 celebrating the University Libraries' long history of providing the University and Athens communities 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,” Seaman said. “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.”

The Founders Day Symposium is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please visit:

Founders Day website:

“200 Years of Shared Discovery: The Bicentennial of Ohio University Libraries”:

University Libraries events:

Contact: Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education, at 740-593-2709 or

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