New Exhibition: Stargazing and Sky Watching Through the Ages

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New exhibition at the Clark Humanities Museum. Stargazing and Sky Watching Through the Ages. March 21, 2011 – May 14, 2011. Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College

People throughout history have looked to the sky for many reasons: to chart the heavens, to navigate the seas, to establish their place in the universe, even to predict the future. To read and interpret the heavens and divine our place within the universe fascinates us today more than ever.

On view in this exhibition on the history of astronomy are rare and significant items from Special Collections at Honnold/Mudd and Denison libraries, from Brackett Observatory at Pomona College, and from the Williamson Gallery, Scripps College: works of significant, historical astronomers and astrologers, celestial maps and charts of the constellations, artistic depictions of the heavens, and vintage astronomical instruments and artifacts, from the 15th through the early 20th centuries.

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The exhibition was organized by Carrie Marsh, Honnold Library Special Collections and Professor Bryan Penprase, Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College, with the kind assistance of Dr. Noel Swerdlow of Cal Tech.

29 March 2011, Exhibition Opening Reception, 4:15-6:00 p.m., Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College. Refreshments will be served.


King James Bible (1611)

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Probably the most influential–and most printed–book, the Authorized King James Bible (KJV) is 400 this year. There are scads of new popular and scholarly articles and books commemorating this anniversary being published this year. To see the real thing, come by Special Collections to see the first KJV, printed by Robert Barker in 1611. Call number BS 170 1611X
To read more about it, here’s the New York Times article about the KJV at 400 by Pomona College alum Verlyn Klinkenborg.