This physical and online exhibit looks at the progression of medieval handwriting primarily in liturgical books, lay prayer books and Bibles. While not all types of medieval handwriting are in the exhibit, scripts such as Carolingian, Gothic, and Humanist among others are featured. The exhibit was curated by Casey Welby, Classical Languages and History Major ’21 as part of her Honors Project and as a student humanities fellowship at the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Humanities. Welby worked with Special Collections Librarian Prof. Michael Knies, Digital Services Librarian Prof. Colleen Farry, with the support of Digital Services Web Developer Jennifer Galas. The Heritage Room will be hosting the physical exhibit of the Sims medieval manuscript leaf collection from February 8 through May 21. However, due to COVID restrictions, the campus is closed to the general public. The online version of the exhibit can be viewed here: digitalprojects.scranton.edu/s/sims-exhibit.
For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at email@example.com
It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of Terry Connors, University of Scranton photographer of nearly four decades. At once both an omnipresent and unobtrusive figure on campus and in the greater community, Terry documented almost every major activity and accomplishment of the University while serving under five different administrations. Not only did Terry fastidiously record history in conventional fashion but showcased a knack, undoubtedly aided by his geniality, for capturing candid moments. He also documented the many distinguished visitors to the region, including politicians, religious figures, actors, musicians, and many other celebrities, Nobel Prize winners, military officials and international dignitaries. In addition to work on campus, Terry provided services to such clients as the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the Lackawanna Bar Association, Moses Taylor Hospital and the Diocese of Scranton. His photographs are therefore an invaluable asset not only to the University but the greater Scranton area, constituting a survey of its events and people dating back to 1976. He will be deeply missed.
Aware that so many of us carry everyday crosses in life, Italian St. Paul of Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist Congregation in 1720. This exhibit shows how Passionist priests, brothers, sisters, nuns and the peoples of the world have found compassion through the wisdom of Jesus on the Cross. See how sacred Passionist relics and inspirational art invites us to meditate on contemporary faith and healings and how artifacts and photos offer an understanding of Passionist monastic traditions and Scranton’s devotion to Good St. Ann. The diversity of Passionist ministry is represented by scholars, various media and a commitment to peace and justice.
On April 1, Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton and Passionist historian will offer a free public lecture entitled “Our Modern Quest for Compassion of the Mind and Heart: Reflection on the Passionist Tradition, 1720 to 2020.”
The Heritage Room exhibit will run through April 19. For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through numerous donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room and seen in these photos. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through such events as the Leaves of Class drawings, the annual book sale, and Distinguished Author Award dinners. They have purchased rare books and facsimiles, donating more than $75,000 to acquire more than 1240 books and other items for Special Collections as well as for the circulating and reference collections. The Friends have sponsored numerous other donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we are honoring Glynn S. Lunney H’71. Lunney was a flight director for NASA and was on duty during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University of Scranton from 1951 to 1953 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit.
He autographed this moon landing photograph, probably in 1971, for Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., president of the University of Scranton from 1970-1975.
Each June, the Weinberg Memorial Library presents the University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit. Covering a range of subjects, the exhibit presents the works of alumni who became nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers, and historians. The earliest alumnus featured is Clarence Walton, ’37, 10th president of The Catholic University of America and the first layman to hold the position. Also presented are works by Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season. The exhibit also includes Highways into Space, by retired NASA engineer, Glynn Lunney, ’55, H’71. Lunney joined NASA as an engineer in 1958 and went on to become a flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the Apollo 13 crisis for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
For a full list of books by alumni at the Weinberg Memorial Library, please visit Scranton.edu/alumniauthors. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room through the month of June. It is open to the public and can be viewed during normal library hours. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-941-6341.
Alumni interested in donating their published works to the Library can mail a copy to the Office of University Advancement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.
During the month of May, the Weinberg Memorial Library hosts its annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit features books and articles produced by University of Scranton faculty members since 2016. The exhibit, organized by academic department, provides an overview of the diversity and quality of scholarly accomplishments by the University’s faculty. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at email@example.com or call 570-941-6341.
This coming Monday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., the exhibit reception for “Life, Death and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be held in the library’s Heritage Room. Passionist priest and historian Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., will give a lecture dedicated to remembering the Catholic witness of faith in China and especially honoring the memories of three Passionist priests who were martyred there in April of 1929.
The event, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Schemel Forum, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-941-6341.
WYOU recently interviewed Father Rob Carbonneau, Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, concerning the new Passionist exhibit currently on display in the Heritage Room. Watch the interview here! The exhibit, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be on display during normal library hours until April 24. On Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Father Carbonneau will give a lecture focused on the Chinese Catholic witness of faith and honoring three priests who were martyred in China. The reception is free and open to the public – don’t miss it! For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.