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Greenslade Special Collections and Archives: Exhibits

The Greenslade Special Collections and Archives houses Kenyon's rare books, literary manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and College archives.



              Winning the West with Words  
on view spring semester 2018

Greenslade Special Collections and Archives contain a rich assortment of nineteenth- century visual and literary works that chronicle the colonization of the American West. From Henry Schoolcraft’s multi-volume examination of the Native American race to George Catlin’s drawings of the “Vanishing Indian,” the birth of a white, nineteenth-century American creation story was rooted in the control and production of knowledge, narration, and art. The white male explorers, ethnographers, and painters who produced these texts also constructed an enduring image of the West that, as seen in the illustrations by Winold Reiss, evolved into the early twentieth century. In fact, many Americans continue to understand associated myths of American Indians as authentic and objective. Explore these weapons of domination with your own eyes and uncover how words, much like forced removal and confinement, have aided the dispossession of American Indians from both their homelands and our memories.

Curated by Patrick Bottiger, Assistant Professor of History, with assistance from Austin Porter, Assistant Professor of Art History. The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge,during regular hours in Greenslade Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library, Kenyon College



March 3-18: Spring Break 

March 22: James Buss, author of Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes,  speaks at 11:10 

April 10: Honors Day

April 11-13: Post-50th Reunion

May 11: End of Semester

May 14-18: Senior Week

May 19: Commencement

May 25-27: Reunion Weekend



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