Upcoming Exhibitions

February 20 – May 3, 2020

Riot, Sedition, Insurrection: Media and the Road to the American Revolution

In the years preceding the American Revolution, printing presses in the thirteen colonies churned out a wave of seditious literature. A swirl of pamphlets, posters, newspapers, and other print media, not often grounded in fact, fomented a climate of rebellion against the British crown.

This exhibition will bring visitors through the pamphlets that memorialized and politicized key events in the early years of Revolution, from the Stamp Act to the Boston Massacre to the Battle of Bunker Hill. By looking at the same works that circulated in the streets, coffeehouses, and homes of Revolutionary-era Americans, we can experience the media environment that shifted public opinion from loyalty to rebellion.

Many of Pequot Library’s treasures of early Americana will be on view, including several items from our collection on long-term deposit at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and our 1776 edition of Thomas Paine’s incendiary essay Common Sense.

Exhibition and Related Programs

June 18 – August 22, 2020

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

Get your imagination spinning with this fun, exciting, and interactive exhibition showcasing Pequot Library’s whimsical collection of pop-up and mechanical books. The highlight of the exhibition will be the Library’s copy of a sixteenth-century volvelle currently on long-term deposit at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

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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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