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February Is Black History Month

Kathryn A. Martin Library celebrates Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, with this display of materials in our collection illustrating the theme for this year's annual celebration: "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories."

According to the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, founders of Black History Month, "The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battlefields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past." (from

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First Floor Interior Displays

Winter Adventures

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Comic Panels and Graphic Art

comic art by Anthony Reamer

Artwork by UMD student Anthony Reamer

"Comic Panels and Graphic Art" will be featured Thursday, February 18, at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, room 119, from 3:30 to 5 pm.

In this display, find sample works by graphic artists, including Minnesota illustrator Brent Schoonove and UMD Art & Design faculty member Darren Houser. Also shown is the poster created for the upcoming event, created by Anthony Reamer, a UMD undergraduate.

Guest presenters will be three widely known Minnesota graphic artists who will share their work and answer your questions: Barbara Schulz, Hitchhiker Vinegarettes, Minnesota College of Art and Design; Clint Hilinski, action-adventure genre, freelancer; and Duluth's Chris Monroe, author and illustrator of the "Violet Days" series.

The exploding medium of comic art—its format, context, and cultural significance—will be introduced by three UMD faculty members: graphic artist Darren Houser; Wonder Woman and gender scholar Mitra Emad; and researcher David Beard, who specializes in comics and struggle.  

"Comic Panels and Graphic Art" is made possible through a UMD Public Engagement Grant. Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives and Special Collections hosts the event with partners Duluth Public Library and Duluth Art Institute. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Watch for our second Martin Library event on this topic, a Sketch Bomb, with John Hoban in April!

For more information, contact Pat Maus at 218-726-8526 or go to

Caps, Caps for Sale

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 caps from the 1988 to 2000 presidential campaigns.

People have always worn hats. To protect from weather, to keep warm, to look fashionable, or to add a few inches of height to their frames. Today, we also use them to persuade and to advertise our point of view—as in politics.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection is part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections. Berman, a longtime Democrat and UMD alumnus (class of 1961), 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.

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