This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate, we’ve gone down a rabbit hole of the many editions and adaptations that can be found in the Newberry collection. Taken together, these items illustrate the wildly different ways in which Alice has resonated with audiences and permeated literary and popular culture over the past century and a half.
Saturday, December 5
In her bestselling book The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, Kathryn Aalto explores how the flora, fauna, and footpaths of Ashdown Forest (the real Hundred Acre Wood, in the southeast of England) were transformed into a haven for generations of readers. On Saturday, December 5, Aalto will visit the Newberry for a pair of events: a meet-the-author lecture in the afternoon and a visual journey for children through the magical Hundred Acre Wood in the morning.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest – Newberry Seminar in the Humanities, a program that brings undergraduate students to the Newberry for a semester-long course that culminates in a substantial research paper using our collection. Offering a semester’s academic credit, the seminar allows participants to immerse themselves in humanities research and to maximize their use of the resources available at the Newberry.
Running through December 31, the Newberry’s current exhibition, Stagestruck City: Chicago’s Theater Tradition and the Birth of the Goodman, uses a range of collection items to show how the city’s theater scene evolved at the turn of the twentieth century. Late-nineteenth-century Chicagoans had a voracious appetite for vaudeville, burlesque, and Shakespeare, but there was also increasing demand for new forms of entertainment that might address the social, cultural, and political issues of the modern metropolis.
At the heart of the Newberry is a set of collection strengths that attract a variety of readers and serve as inspiration for our public programs and academic endeavors.