Upcoming Exhibitions


June 18 – August 22, 2020

Moving Parts: Pop-up and Movable Books Through the Ages

Get your imagination spinning with this exciting and interactive exhibition showcasing Pequot Library’s whimsical collection of pop-up and mechanical books.

Many of us have memories of pop-up books we loved as children, with stories that sprang to life as we turned pages, pulled tabs, and uncovered hidden pieces. What you may not know is that books with wheels, tabs, and flaps have existed for hundreds of years. Starting with a sixteenth-century volvelle — currently on long-term deposit at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University — and ending with a twenty-first century “digital pop-up book,” we will explore the history, applications, and construction of books with moving parts. Visitors will be invited to think about what we can do with pop-up books, from scientific uses to artistic expressions to just plain fun!

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October 29, 2020 – January 24, 2021

After the 19th Amendment: A Century of Suffrage

In celebration of 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, this exhibition will explore the political and social engagement of American women in the twentieth century. Particular emphasis will be placed on women of color, who were sidelined by the mainstream suffrage movement.

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February 4 – May 2, 2021

Leisure in the Guilded Age: The Rise of Recreation from Fairgrounds to Ballrooms

This exhibition will showcase the development of diversions in industrial society for both the monied and laboring classes. We will look at World’s Fairs and dancehalls and bring out some of our 1880s and 90s scrapbooks and ladies’ fans, as well as novels and travel literature. Explore a variety of themes including urbanization, industrialization, and class, as well as the emergence of activities and customs — like amusement parks — which are still thriving today.

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