Calling All Curious

A member supported library, museum, and cultural center that everyone is invited to join.

Photograph of Harriet Hayden with title of the exhibition.

Framing Freedom: The Harriet Hayden Albums

Examines Black abolitionists’ private lives and social activism through the perspective of a Black woman’s photograph albums from the mid-1800s. Learn More

Exhibition title graphic with pansies.

Exhibition: Albums & Assemblages

This exhibition highlights a small sample of the many different types of nineteenth-century photograph albums in our collections Learn More

  • Upcoming Programs

    What’s On
  • 04/25/24 6 pm

    Home at Last: Enduring Design for the New American House

  • 04/29/2024 6 pm

    Salon Series: Rachel Slade: Making it in America

  • 05/01/2024 6:00 pm

    Bearing Witness: Museums and Places Amplifying Black History

  • 05/02/24 6 pm

    Glad to the Brink of Fear: A Portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • 05/08/24 6 pm

    The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie Transformed America (Members Only)


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