Alice 150 Featured Object of the Month: February

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, is an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Each month, a new item from the exhibit will be showcased.

In February, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view Alice-inspired humorous presidential pamphlets featuring Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt.

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Spotlight on Wonderland: The Mock Turtle

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Winter’s bitter cold is here, the skies are dark and gloomy, what could possibly be more miserable? Answer: the mock turtle. Our unusual friend has the monopoly on melancholy, or so it seems, as he is rarely ever seen not weeping bitterly and bemoaning his sad state.   His distress is due to the fact that once upon a time, he was a real turtle. But unfortunately when Alice meets him, he is a rather unsightly mixture of a calf’s head, tail, and hooves, with the shell of a turtle.

Before Alice is introduced to him, the Queen of Hearts asks:

“Have you seen the mock turtle yet?”

“No,” said Alice. “I don’t even know what a mock turtle is.”

“It’s the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from,” said the Queen.”

And what is mock turtle soup supposed to be?  Mock turtle soup was a popular dish in the 18th and 19th century. It is an inexpensive imitation of green turtle soup. Recipes usually call for calf brains, head, organs, and/or hooves to replicate the texture of turtle meat. (Eww.) Though it may be the dead of winter and soup sounds quite warm and comforting, even I cannot stomach the idea of this particular dish.

The Mock Turtle is known for constantly weeping, sighing deeply, and pausing dramatically while telling the story of his early life as a real turtle. He frequently speaks in puns. Particularly amusing is his litany of courses he took while still in school.  Some mentioned are “Reeling and writhing,” and “the different branches of arithmetic- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.” An example of Lewis Carroll’s clever wordplay in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

Would you rather encounter a depressed Mock Turtle or a stark raving mad Hatter in Wonderland?

Did you Know:

  • In Tenniel’s illustration, the Mock Turtle’s body is composed of the ingredients that go into a typical mock turtle soup recipe.

Visit the Maryland Room gallery in Hornbake Library from October 2105-July 2016 to explore the mock turtle and the rest of the Wonderland cast of characters in the exhibit Alice 150 Years and County…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: January

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), will showcase a new Alice related item every month.

In January, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view Scientific Alician, a brilliant parody of the esteemed Scientific American magazine. Contents include Alice themed articles, plus the usual departments of Letters, Mathematical Games, advertisements, and Author notes- all parodied in Alice in Wonderland fashion.

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll.

Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: December

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), will showcase a new Alice related item every month.

In December, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view a collection of vintage Christmas cards inspired by the art and characters of Alice in Wonderland and other works by Lewis Carroll, including his 1867 poem “Christmas Greetings (From a Fairy to a Child).”

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll  online.

Alice 150 Featured Item of the Month: November

Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz, an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), will showcase a new Alice related item every month.

In November, visit the Maryland Room  Gallery in Hornbake Library to view a collection of witty and whimsical cookbooks based upon characters and moments in Alice in Wonderland. Looking for some holiday cooking inspiration?  Learn the long sought-after recipes for “stuffed dormouse”, and “flamingo tongues”which can be found in Alice Eats Wonderland: An Irreverent Annotated Cookbook, written by August Imholtz himself.

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll.

Alice 150 Featured Object of the Month: October

“Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz,” an exhibit highlighting the timelessness of Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), will showcase a new Alice related item every month.

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In October, visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view a humorous holograph letter written by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) to his friend Michael Ernest Sadler, Steward of Christ Church. Be sure to note the purple ink in which the letter is written (a trademark of Lewis Carroll), and enjoy the contents, which include a “little jar of Orange Marmalade,” which is in danger of being eaten if not picked up promptly.

View all the featured items of the month from Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll here.

Alice is Open!

#WaitingForAliceUMD no longer! It’s finally arrived!

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Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  with our exhibition: Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

The exhibit is open:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

More hours and directions available here.

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5 Curious Reasons to Visit Alice 150 – Opening October!

As we are putting the final touches on our exhibit opening this October, we wanted to show you a couple of our favorite reasons to visit! Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  with our exhibition: Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

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5. Did you know Lewis Carroll was a mathematician and logician? Here’s a game invented by Carroll called “Doublets”. The object is to transform one word into another in as few steps as possible, changing only one letter at a time. The first “puzzle” in the book is “Drive Pig into Sty.” Carroll says in the Preface that he invented the game on Christmas Day 1877 for two bored young ladies, who had begged him to send them some riddles. Having none at hand, he instead invented this game, which he originally called “Word-Links.”

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Alice 150 Sneak Peek…

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Here’s a sneak peek at what you will find when you visit us starting this October in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  with our exhibition: Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz.

Read more or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram #WaitingForAliceUMD.