If you haven’t made it to Hornbake Library to experience our exhibit Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll, now is the time! The final day it is open will be Friday, July 29th.
Over the past two years, we feel like we have become friends with Alice and her Wonderland friends as we have worked to bring her story to life by displaying the collection of two very devoted Lewis Carroll collectors, August and Clare Imholtz.
August and Clare have been collecting Lewis Carroll and Alice related items for 35 years. Their collection has brought to light the astonishing ways Alice’s adventures have been translated, illustrated, and transformed over time. Whether she is portrayed with light or dark hair, yellow or blue dress, short or tall, young or old, Alice’s indefatigable curiosity and eager enjoyment of life remain at the core of Carroll’s story that has remained a fixture in literary and pop culture for over a century and a half.
Confronted with the rows of colorful bindings under their sparking glass cases, visitors cannot help but be inspired by Alice’s curiosity. There are so many questions that spring to mind: How can a Cheshire Cat be a kangaroo? Why is the Hatter wearing a fez? Why is Alice ice-skating? Can the Jabberwock really play basketball? How do you say ‘Twinkle, Twinkle litter bat’ in German? Does the Queen of Hearts drink Guinness?
The exhibit may not give you all the answers to such questions, but we think Lewis Carroll would agree that it’s all part of the adventure!
Although Alice 150 Years and Counting must come to an end, the story continues in our online exhibit, which will remain open even when the doors to the exhibit are closed. Explore illustrations and discover more about the items you saw in the gallery. So even though Alice’s adventures in Hornbake Library may be ending, her story continues.
Don’t forget to stay tuned to hear what is coming next to Hornbake Library’s exhibit gallery.