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Knot Forgotten: The Tennyson Library of Crochet at Illinois

Event Type
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana
Jul 1, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014  
No Cost
Gil Witte
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Library Calendar

Join the Rare Book & Manuscript Library as it celebrates the acquisition of the Tennyson Library of Crochet. There will be an exhibit on the first floor of the Main Library and in the Marshall Gallery, in addition to a variety of great events.

The collection has been donated to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library by Gilbert Witte, long-time employee of the University Library. Named the Tennyson Library of Crochet for Witte’s great-grandmother Flora Emily Tennyson, the collection documents the history and practice of the craft through journals, patterns, samples, and manuals. The Tennyson Library of Crochet consists of over 7,000 items in all, ranging in date from 1843 to the present.

Knot Forgotten Events Include:

  • "Crochet and Kvetch" on Wednesday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • Lunchtime exhibit tours on Tuesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Lorado Taft statues at the east side entrance of the library will be dressed to impress in crocheted attire during the month of July!
  • Knot Forgotten Extravaganza! 
    Friday, July 18:
    -Crochet class for children (age 8 and above, 8 children total) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
    -Crochet class for adults from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.
    -Reception, including ugly sweater contest, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Marshall Gallery.

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