"Noah Webster and His Obsessions": A talk by Joshua Kendall on April 4

Joshua Kendall, author of the new book The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture, will discuss the famous educator, lexicographer and co-founder of Amherst College who, Kendall argues, essentially invented American nationalism long before the American nation came into existence. Please join us on Monday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room.

Noah Webster

Morse, Samuel Finley Breese American (1791-1872) Noah Webster (1758-1843), 1823 oil on canvas Mead Art Museum

Amherst College and Town Libraries Marking 250th Anniversary of Noah Webster’s Birth with Special Exhibits

September 17, 2008               

AMHERST, Mass.—The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College and the Jones Library in the town of Amherst are together celebrating the life and accomplishments of Noah Webster, one of the founders of the college and a 10-year resident of the area, with exhibits on display through January and a birthday reception at Frost’s Archives and Special Collections Department on Thursday, Oct. 16. The exhibits—which commemorate the 250th anniversary of Webster’s birth on Oct. 16, 1758—represent the first time the Frost and Jones libraries have collaborated on a project. Both the exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibit Commemorates 250th Anniversary of Noah Webster's Birth

Noah Webster, one of the principal founders of Amherst College and a 10-year resident of the Town of Amherst, is the subject of a new exhibit in the Archives and Special Collections of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. The exhibit commemorates the 250th anniversary of Webster’s birth on October 16, 1758. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 4:00, and will run from September 4, 2008-January 5, 2009. A complementary exhibit featuring Noah Webster’s life in Amherst from 1812-1822 has been prepared by the Jones Library.

Profiles in Philanthropy: Noah Webster

Noah Webster

Noah Webster, 1823, by Samuel F. B. Morse
Mead Art Museum
Bequest of Waldo Hutchins, Jr. AC 1842

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