Upcoming Exhibitions

June 23, 2022 - February 5, 2023

The Lure of the Garden

Gardening and farming are universal activities that unite people around the world. Whether for pleasure or utility, the human relationship with the soil has persisted since the origins of agriculture and horticulture some 10,000 years ago. The Lure of the Garden invites visitors to explore Pequot Library’s Special Collections and learn about the enduring desire to shape and cultivate the local land, from the propagation of the “three sisters” — corn, beans, and squash — by Native Americans to early 20th-century garden clubs, war-era Victory Gardens, and today’s community and pollinator gardens.

With materials dating back to the 1500s, the Monroes and the Wakemans, founders of the Library, sought to curate a collection that would be democratic — of use to all classes of society from the financier to the farmer. The resulting collections reflect the changing tastes, styles, and purposes of gardens, as well as their enduring lure. They contain everything from practical advice on laying out garden beds and keeping bees to propagating vegetables and recording the accounts of the farm. Materials from the archives, including photographs, posters, diaries, and business ledgers, document the local Victory Garden movement, as well as local produce like the Southport Globe Onions and potatoes that were shipped from our humble 19th-century harbor to New York City

February 16 - May 4, 2023

Alphabets and Bedtime Stories: Children's Historical Books Through Time