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in Hornbake

10:00AM - 05:00PM


The Special Collections and University Archives exhibition program features thematic displays of our unique. The exhibits focus on a wide range of subjects and are composed of books, manuscripts, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, and multi-media items. Special Collections and University Archives also sponsors a number of outreach programs in support of our major Maryland Room Gallery Exhibits.

Find exhibits in our main gallery, throughout the reading room and online. Visit us on the first floor of Hornbake Library. 

Beyond the Battle

All exhibits are free to the public.

Current Exhibit

Beyond the Battle: Bladensburg Rediscovered

August 2014-July2015 (Hours)

How do we remember the past?  What makes a place historic?  Why have we ignored Bladensburg while celebrating the story of other, more picturesque places?  These are some of the issues explored in this exhibit.  The bicentennial of the Battle of Bladensburg in the War of 1812 is an ideal occasion to reexamine our answers to these questions.   Bladensburg’s story has its dark sides, but by reconnecting with its forgotten past, we preserve something more than history – we preserve an understanding of the complex processes and contradictions that forged the nation we know today.

View the online version of this exhibit

Saving College Radio

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Saving College Radio: WMUC