Tom Williams’s Author Talk is TODAY at 5 p.m.

Just a reminder…

Tom Williams’s Author Talk, titled “The Secret life of Schrödinger’s Cat,” is TODAY, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. This event will be held in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium and is free and open to the public.Tom Williams's Author Talk

You are invited to prof. Tom Williams’ author talk: THIS THURSDAY!

Please join us for a wonderful author talk by professor of physics Tom Williams, titled “The Secret Life of Schrodinger’s Cat.” Williams recently published a new book, Discreet Quantum Mechanics, upon which this talk is based. He is an entertaining speaker and will delight the audience. Williams’ talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

“The Secret life of Schrödinger’s Cat”
October 20,  5:00 p.m. Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Here is Emily Cook’s  interview with Tom Williams, which will be published in the fall issue of FOLIOS.

 

EVENTS in 2016

Alumni Weekend

  • April  29, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives
  • April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM: Shakespeare for Kids. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.
  • April 30, 2016, 1:00 PM:Annual Meeting. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.
  • April 30, 2016, 1:30 PM: Speaker Event – “Books, Glorious Books” – Robert C. Vaughan III; president and founding director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.

Parents and Family Weekend

  • September 29, 2016, 4:00 PM: Start of Library Annual Book Sale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • September 30, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives

October 16 – October 22 is National Friends of Libraries Week.

Young Alumni Weekend

  • October 20, 2016, 4:00 PM – throughout weekend: Booksale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • October 20, 2016, 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Author Talk Featuring Tom Williams. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium

2015 Events

 

Parents and Family Weekend

  • October 1, 2015, 4:00 PM: Start of Library Annual Book Sale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • October 2, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Refreshments served. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives

October 18 – October 24 is National Friends of Libraries Week.

Young Alumni Weekend

  • October 24, 2015, 10:00 AM: Storyteller. Leyburn Library, Lower Level 1 Conversation Pit.

 

Annual Meeting of the Friends

Plan to attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library of W&L, right before the talk by Blaine Brownell ‘65.  The meeting is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.  Blaine’s talk is at 1:30 in the same place.

At the meeting, all members present will be asked to elect members of the Board of Directors.

Save the Date!!!

May 2, 2015 Join us at 1:30 pm for our Annual Friends of the Library Symposium. Blaine Brownell ’65 will be speaking on “Leadership Counts: Profiles of Four W&L Presidents.”  He will be discussing his upcoming book regarding the modern history of Washington and Lee University.

THERE’S STILL TIME!!!

Today is ‪#‎WLUgiveday‬! You can help by making a gift to any area of the university—including the Friends of the Library!

You have less than 8 hours to be a part of Give Day 2015!!! More than 2,500 of you have already made a gift to W&L! But, our goal to reach 5,000 donors is more ambitious this year, and we need 2,500 more supporters to step up by midnight in order for Give Day 2015 to be a success.

For those who have not yet made their donation for this year, please consider doing it now. It would be a great win-win combination for W&L and the Friends of the Library.

To donate to the Friends of the Library, send your donation out today, using the “Join by Mail” button at http://library.wlu.edu/friends/ and make sure in the memo line you put “W&L Give Day”, or you can click on the “Join/Renew Online” button at http://library.wlu.edu/friends/ and select “Other” under designation. Then, just type “Friends of the Library” in the “Comments” section. ‪#‎wluPride

Today is ‪#‎WLUgiveday‬! You can help by making a gift to any area of the university—including the Friends of the Library!

We are officially half way through Give Day 2015 and the W&L community is showing a strong response. More than 1,200 of you have already made a gift to W&L! But, our goal to reach 5,000 donors is more ambitious this year, and we need 3,800 more supporters to step up by midnight in order for Give Day 2015 to be a success.

For those who have not yet made their donation for this year, please consider doing it today. It would be a great win-win combination for W&L and the Friends of the Library.

To donate to the Friends of the Library, send your donation out today, using the “Join by Mail” button at http://library.wlu.edu/friends/ and make sure in the memo line you put “W&L Give Day”, or you can click on the “Join/Renew Online” button at http://library.wlu.edu/friends/ and select “Other” under designation. Then, just type “Friends of the Library” in the “Comments” section. ‪#‎wluPride

RHS Event-Rescheduled Snow Date

History through Accounting ~ Looking in the Ledgers of Lee’s Financial Legacy,
and Lexington’s Historic General Store

The presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Rockbridge Historical Society that was originally scheduled for February 16, but canceled due to the weather, has been rescheduled for March 16th with the reception starting at 6:30 and presentation starting at 7:30 at the Hillel House on West Washington St.  The presentation is  by Professor Stephan Fafatas and two of his students; Bereket Mechale ’15 and Catherine Roach ’16 from the class he taught last spring. They made extensive use of our Special Collections in their research.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time.    

Bereket Mechale, a senior Accounting/Business Administration major from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, explored the daybooks and accounting ledgers from Dold’s Store, a landmark business that long occupied the corner of Main and Washington.  These detailed records afford a glimpse of the kinds of products that were available and in demand between the 1840s and 1890s, covering the period before and after the arrival of the railroad in the early 1880s that affected the city and its county markets. 

 Store inventory that had been based on locally sourced staples quickly broadened to include new medicines and domestic products, even anchovy paste, all commodities that would previously have been rare luxuries. The ledgers enable precise reckoning of the consistencies and variations in price that affected the area. Mechale’s analysis also found broader shifts that made the local and national economies increasingly dependent on the transfer of raw materials, technical know-how in manufacturing, and the packing and transport of materials from more distant centers.

Rather than examine a single set of account books, Catherine Roach, a junior with a double major in European History and Accounting/Business Administration, studied a wide range of unique documents (and accounting formats) held in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections.  Among them were Washington College’s operational accounts and Trustees’ Reports, enrollment records, President Lee’s personal correspondence, and newspaper advertisements intended to recruit new students and raise funds in the North as well as the South.  A roll of Confederate veterans who made modest contributions to the College’s endowment, as well as gifts solicited from major donors like Cyrus McCormick and George Peabody, all testify in clear fiscal terms to the personal impact of Lee’s tenure, 1865-1870, crucial years of the College’s revival and reinvention.

 In tying together these innovative contributions to local history and financial practices, Professor Fafatas will address some of the broader challenges and opportunities in bridging these methods and fields.  His research and teaching was recognized in 2014 with a national prize from the Academy of Accounting Historians.  Along with the collaborations of student research, he looks forward to building on the work of other local historians and archivists, and some of our RHS records, to flesh out the past through its commercial math and communal connections.

 John Tombarge
University Librarian
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA  24450
540-458-8134
tombargej@wlu.edu

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