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The Earl's Library: Private English Libraries in the Age of Downton Abbey

January 14, 2015
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Tim Johnson,
Curator- Special Collections and Rare Books

Elmer L. Andersen Library
West Bank, University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The Vital Aging Network is pleased to partner with the University of Minnesota Libraries and to bring you a series of forums that highight the distinctive collections held by the libraries.

Viewers captivated by "Downton Abbey," the period drama created by Julian Fellowes and broadcast to American audiences on PBS, are equally interested in the many details of post-Edwardian English country living. Some of these points of interest include what people read, collected, and displayed in impressive country house libraries. Some of these libraries were the work of generations and included volumes by significant authors, illustrators, or book binders covering a wide range of topics and eras. This talk will explore some of the fascinating tales, details, and perhaps even mysteries bound together in these resplendent libraries. Together we will look at the "Downton Abbey" library and those of surrounding neighbors, exploring the richness of the English bibliographic countryside.

Get a Free Ticket on the Green Line

The Andersen Library is located a few steps from the West Bank Station on the Green Line. That's a great way to get to this forum. 

Better yet, get a free ticket! VAN is partnering with Metro Transit for free Green Line tickets for the first 25 people. Register below, and then meet us at the Hamline Avenue Station at 9:00 AM. Participants will receive brief instruction on how to purchase tickets and then get a free ticket to use on their trip to the library.

If you choose to drive, see more information on parking near the Andersen Library.

Click on one of the links below to register for this exciting forum!

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