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Community Read at Tompkins County Public Library Continues with Lecture on a Botanical Manuscript

Community Read at Tompkins County Public Library Continues with Lecture on a Botanical Manuscript from the Cornell University Library

ITHACA— Tompkins County Public Library’s 2019 Community Read selection, Richard Blanco’s “The Prince of Los Cocuyos,” has inspired a variety of programming in the month of October. On Tuesday, October 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room, the public is invited to a presentation on a three-volume botanical manuscript of the plants of Cuba.

Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s astonishing and beautiful three-volume manuscript, “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba” has been held in the Cornell University Library for nearly a century. At this presentation, Anne Sauer will share the story of how, through the intersection of research and libraries and the tenacity of a historian, the manuscript’s historical relevance came to light.

Anne Sauer is the Stephen E. and Evalyn Edwards Milman Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library. As an archivist, Sauer has worked extensively at the intersection of historical collections and information technology, helping to support libraries and archives in managing digital collections for preservation and access. Sauer holds an MA in History from Tufts University and an MLIS from Simmons University. For the full list of programs and events, as well as Community Partners, go to https://tinyurl.com/TCPLCommunityRead. The TCPL 2019 Community Read is made possible by the generous support of The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library.