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Puzzles to make you pause

Spring break, reading week, study break – whatever it means to you, it’s important to take a pause from assignments, deadlines, and Zoom meetings. With no formal academic activities scheduled during the first week of March, this is YOUR time …

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February Screenshare

Scroll to the end for instructions on how to download and set zoom and desktop backgrounds. We have the privilege of rediscovering our collections through the eyes of researchers like Dr. Charmaine Nelson, art historian and scholar of Black Canadian …

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Cast on Something New

  Manuscript Cowl, Pattern by Kristen Howard, and the illuminated Manuscript initial that inspired it. This week we had a different kind of event at ROAAr: Rare Stitches: Knitting Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts with Dr. Kristen Howard. Knitters and book …

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Delightful finds on a bloody journey

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This piece is inspired by research done as a Folger Fellow, some of which is summarised in a blog post entitled “Balancing information and expertise: vernacular guidance on bloodletting in early modern calendars and almanacs,” published in The Collation: Research …

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Intriguing Little Windows: Ernestine Tahedl’s Lantern

By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection A large concrete slab dangles from a heavy chain that extends above the frame of the photograph. Three men in hard hats guide this piece to fit it with two others …

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Art & Image: ongoing research in the Gwillim Project

The Gwillim Project centres around the lives of two English sisters in early 19th c. Madras (now Chennai): Elizabeth Gwillim (1763-1807) and Mary Symonds (b. 1772). Both sisters were avid artists and dedicated letter-writers; their paintings of flora, fauna, and …

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It’s Here! McGill Library Welcomes AMAZE; A McGill A to Z Experience

A is for anatomy, alphabet and AMAZE: A McGill A-Z Experience. In 2020, the McGill Library put together a truly remarkable book – AMAZE; a McGill A-Z Experience. With visual treats and moveable surprises at the turn of every page, …

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ROAAr Book Club

We invite you to join the ROAAr virtual book club. Come with a coffee and take part in the conversation, connect with other book lovers and get insight into some of the treasures of the ROAAr collections. We invite you to connect, unmute, and appreciate …

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What’s 150 years old, 11 feet long, and can get you from Grand Rapids to Quebec City in minutes?

Chisholm's all round route and panoramic guide of the St. Lawrence, 1870

C.R. Chisholm & Bros. was a Montreal-based publishing company that specialized in travel guide books as well as maps of Canada and the United States. Chisholm’s all round route panoramic guide of the St. Lawrence is a 150-year-old folded panoramic …

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Virtual Puzzles: Winter fun & a splash of colour to ring in 2021

Outdoor activities are front and center this holiday break. If you are looking for a fun way to stay warm after an afternoon of sledding or skiing, try your hand at solving these jigsaw puzzles featuring vintage images courtesy of …

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