LISLE, IL (March 7, 2013) – The Sterling Morton Library is turning 50! To celebrate, the library is launching a new exhibit titled Tales and Treasures, showcasing 50 rare and unique objects from the library’s collections. Each treasure has a unique, unfamiliar, or special tale to tell. In addition to rare books, the artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures, plus documents about the founding and creation of the Arboretum by Joy Morton in 1922.
The exhibit invites you to explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games. Using a touch screen, you will be able to virtually page through a selection of books that are too fragile to be on display, including a sketchbook by May T. Watts. Plus, you can share with us what you imagine a library to be 50 years from now.
Then, take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt that aims to bring visitors into the Reading Room designed by Harry Weese, with its timeless curved walls, as well as the May T. Watts Reading Garden, with its espaliered trees planted in 1963.
The exhibit extends beyond the library walls and into the Arboretum’s grounds. Keep an eye out for signs with QR codes. You will be able to look at the view today, and then, by scanning the QR code with your smartphone, see a photo of what that same view looked like 50 years ago.
“We know from his letters that Joy Morton was very purposeful about building a library,” says Rita Hassert, library collections manager. “Here at the Arboretum, our focus on trees extends to sharing knowledge and information as a way to help create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.”
Tales and Treasures opens March 15, 2013 and will be on display during regular library hours through December 2013. This exhibit is free with Arboretum admission.
The 2013 rates are:
Adult: $12 ($8 on Wednesday), ages 18-64.
Senior: $11 ($7 on Wednesday), ages 65 and over.
Child: $9 ($6 on Wednesday), ages 2-17. Under age 2 is free.
Parking is free.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include tree-focused events, activities and services for adults, children, professionals and communities. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves 34,000 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at www.mortonarb.org.