Concourse Display Case
February Is African American History Month
“As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American contributions to civilization were realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort” (from the African American History Month website).
To find out more:
Smithsonian Education – Black History Month
National Park Service – African American History
National Endowment for the Humanities – Black History Month
First Floor Interior Displays
My Beautiful Library Photo Contest
Students of UMD can enter the My Beautiful Library Photo Contest by submitting images taken of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Bulldogs who enter photographs will have the chance to win valuable prizes as well as glory!
The photography books in this display may help you to prepare your entries. One entry per category is permitted. Please indicate the category you wish to enter.
- Coolest Interior Library Shot. Must be taken inside Martin Library, depicting an architectural feature, a Library or Learning Commons service point, or another aspect of the building's interior.
- Best Exterior Curb Appeal Shot. Must depict some part of the exterior of Martin Library.
- This Is Where We Study/Shelfies Shot. Must include student or students using the library as a study space. Photograph can be of yourself or of others.
- Technology Is My Friend Shot. Must include student or students using technology in the library.
For more information, contact Charlene Brown at 218-726-8539.
An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.
Content includes a selection of interesting items related to the White House, President, and Department of State from the Michael S. Berman Political Collection, part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections.
Ephemera are usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. Most of us tend to save a few things as mementos. So it was with UMD alumnus (class of 1961) Mike Berman, a longtime Democrat who held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school.
Fourth Floor Display
Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection
UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library Special Collections department invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.
The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection
This exhibit showcases three Qur'an volumes as a follow-up to last year's five-part "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" reading and discussion series sponsored by the Library. UMD Professor Nik Hassan led some of the programs, and he generously supplied a personal statement about the Qur'an and its centrality to his way of life for this exhibit.
Guidelines for requesting a display case reservation.