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   from the issue of February 23, 2006

Library hosts 'Elizabeth I'

A glimpse into the daring reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England is coming to Love Library.



From March 3 through April 20, Love Library will host the national traveling exhibit, "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend."

Based on a major exhibition of the same name, the traveling exhibit was organized by the Newberry Library in 2003 to commemorate the reign of Elizabeth I on the 400th anniversary of her death.

The exhibit is composed of panels of images reproduced from rare books, manuscripts, maps, letters, paintings and artifacts in the collections of the Newberry Library, the British Library, Queen Elizabeth II and distinguished private collectors. University Libraries will supplement the exhibit with additional materials borrowed from Carol Levin, professor of History, and Barbara Trout, professor of Textiles, Clothing and Design. The Libraries University Archives and Special Collections Department will display some materials from its collection in its reading room.

"We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition," said Joan Giesecke, dean of the libraries. "Elizabeth I was a remarkable historical figure, and the Elizabethan Age is filled with fascinating topics of interest to audiences of all ages. Through the exhibit and accompanying programs, our community will learn more about the woman who became a monarch at 25 and exerted such a strong influence in government, religion, the arts and the exploration of the world."

According to Levin, Elizabeth I lived, "a dangerous and exciting life," that has fascinated and inspired the world in the four centuries since her reign, which transformed England into one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Love Library will host an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. March 3. The event will feature Clark Hulse, curator of the original Elizabeth I exhibit at the Newberry Library, and an unveiling of a rare document containing Queen Elizabeth's royal seal that was purchased by University Libraries.

A number of other programs, most of them free, have been planned in connection with the exhibition.

The exhibit will aid UNL students enrolled in the class, "Movement Training for Period Styles." Those students will complete their coursework with a 6 p.m. May 1 performance in the Johnny Carson Theater recreating a day in the life of Queen Elizabeth and her court.

Also, the exhibition has attracted the "Queens of Power Conference," drawing visitors and speakers from across the nation to UNL. The conference is from March 23-25 and is open to the public, however registration is required.

Additional information is available online at or call 472-6867.



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