Museum Exhibitions

Celebrate 150 Years: Library Events and Exhibits

Posted September 9, 2016

UNH 150: 1866-2016 Throughout the anniversary year the Library will host exhibits and programs that will highlight this special occasion. Please join us!

Who Knew? Fun Facts You May Not Know About UNH

Who Knew? Where: University Museum, Dimond Library, Level One
When: September 29, 2016 – November 18, 2016


What do an alien abduction, a popular cereal brand, and Disney’s Olaf have to do with UNH? Come to the University Museum and find out about these and other UNH fun facts. You’ll be asking yourself, “Who knew?”

A Campus Built Twice

A Campus Built Twice Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016


The exhibit is a brief history of UNH’s beginnings in Hanover, NH in 1866 and the move to Durham in 1893. A period model of the proposed 1920s landscape and building campaign is featured.

Celebrating the Student

Celebrating the Student Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 - Spring 2017


A selection of full-sized photo images of students from several eras will mingle in the foyer and invite “selfies.”

Ben Thompson’s Vision

Ben Thompson Where: Dimond Library Foyer
When: September 29, 2016 - Spring 2017


This year long series examines the evolution of benefactor Thompson’s vision for the College.

ED Talks: UNH Celebrates 150 Years of Learning In and Beyond the Classroom

Where: Dunleavy Reading Room, Special Collections, Dimond Library, Level One
When: Fall and Spring Semesters


Sponsored by the UNH Library, in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire’s Celebrate 150, this series of six lectures will feature members of the University community –faculty, emeriti, and alums – who explore its rich heritage of fostering inquiry in the classroom and beyond. Presentations will explore this culture of learning across the curriculum and are intended to be thought provoking and engaging. ED Talks will be held in in the Dunleavy Reading Room of Special Collections on the last Wednesday afternoon of the month, with the exception of the first, which will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Refreshments will be served. Each is scheduled from 4:00 to 5:30 P.M.

Professor Erik Swartz (Kinesiology)

Football Tackle When: September 29, 2016

“Reducing Head Impacts in American Football: The HuTT® Helmetless Tackling Training Technique”

Professor Meghan Howey (Anthropology)

Students at Dig Site When: October 26, 2016

“Using Geospatial Technologies to Create Better Understanding of Ancient Sites”

Professor Emeritus Arthur Borror (Biology)

Students at Microscope When: November 30, 2016

“Students Getting their Feet Wet and their Vision Widened”

Rebecca Rule (Writer/Humorist)

Donald Graves and Donald Murray When: February 22, 2017

“Writing With the Dons: Donald Graves and Donald Murray, My Life as a Writer”

Professor Neil Niman (Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Paul College, Economics)

Pokemon Go When: March 29, 2017

“Pokémon Go: A Harbinger for the Future of Higher Education?”

Professor Nancy Kinner (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Ready Set Go When: April 26, 2017

“Ready, Set, Go! Preparing Engineering Students for the Work Place”

Arts 651 - Alternative Photographic Arts Student Exhibition

Photographic Arts Student Exhibit Where: Reference Area, Dimond Library, Level Three
When: Fall and Spring Semesters


The combination of modern photographic digital technologies with historical processes will be featured in this year’s revolving and evolving library exhibition. The student work on display will reveal the course’s conceptual current topics and historical photographic methods in use today, which requires the mixing of light sensitive emulsions and coating paper by hand.

Celebrate 150 Mural

Mural Where: Dimond Library, NSRC Room, Level Two
When: Fall Semester


Professor Jennifer Moses (Art & Art History) will teach a Fall 2016 undergraduate class in mural making and design. The class will research, design, and paint a mural whose theme will celebrate UNH’s 150th anniversary. The project, supported by UNH Celebrate 150 and the UNH Library, will be unveiled early Spring semester, 2017.

Equine Sesquicentennial: Riding Through the Years

Students with Horse Where: University Museum, Dimond LIbrary, Level One
When: November 28, 2016 – December 16, 2016


The students of Equine class ANSC 795 will curate a special exhibit for the University Museum. This exhibit will be underwritten by UNH Celebrate 150.

Pop-up Collections

Pop Up Collection Where: Dimond Library foyer, Kingsbury Library, Chemistry Library & Physics Library
When: Fall and Spring Semesters


Ever-changing “pop-up” displays will feature examples from collections in the University Museum, University Archives, and Special Collections.

150 Years of Technology at UNH

150 Years of Technology Where: University Museum, Dimond Library, Level One
When: January 24, 2017 – March 10, 2017


Explore examples of technology used at UNH such as 1910s Ediphone, a 1980s laptop, and Virtual Reality!

UNH Dept. of Art & Art History Faculty Show

Faculty Art Exhibit Where: University Museum, Dimond Library, Level One
When: March 20, 2017 – May 12, 2017


Professors of the Art & Art History department will display some of their impressive works.

Magna Carta exhibit comes to the UNH Law Library

Posted April 6, 2016

An exhibition about the Magna Carta is coming to the UNH School of Law in Concord from April 11 to April 22.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 is a traveling exhibit created by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress. It is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Groups larger than 10 interested in viewing the exhibit should contact Sue Zago, Law Library Director, for an appointment. There is no admission fee.

The exhibit includes up to 16 large banners with images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video, and other artifacts highlighting the impact of the Magna Carta on modern democracy.

In celebration of the visit, the law school’s chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will be hosting a symposium, open to the public on Tuesday, April 12. The evening will begin with a reception with refreshments at 5:15 pm in the Intellectual Property Library on the 3rd Floor of the UNH Law Library in Concord. Lectures at 6:00 pm in Room 204 will follow. The exhibit will be installed in Intellectual Property Library for the event. RSVPs to Sue Zago are much appreciated.

Further details about the Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 traveling exhibit are available from the American Bar Association online. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Library of Congress, and Law Library of Congress.

New Museum Exhibit Celebrates Traditional Dance in NH

Posted January 15, 2016

Exhibit runs from January 15 to March 11, 2016, in the University Museum.

Gents Bow - Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance in the Monadnock Region, 1750-2015

The exhibit features the music, artifacts, and stories that document the long and continuous tradition of country dance in the Monadnock Region - from the days of the early settlers to the present.

Drawing on photographs, early records, stories, documents, and music, the exhibit will take the viewer on a journey from the community dances of the 18th century, kitchen dances of the 19th century, and the days of Ralph Page and his Orchestra in the 1940s.

Featured in the exhibit will be an audio compilation of music and text developed and curated by Randy Miller who wrote the authoritative book, The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire. A selection of materials from the UNH Library’s New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance will accompany the traveling exhibit.

The exhibit was created by the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, with support by a grant from the NH State Council for the Arts.

The opening at UNH corresponds with the Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, an annual celebration of New England dance traditions dating back to 1988. To mark the occasion the exhibit, along with an accompanying sale of dance related books, periodicals, and sound recordings, the exhibit will be open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 16th.

For information on hours or , visit our University Museum page. The University Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion

Posted September 3, 2015

September 18 - December 18

Take a peek at what lies beneath, in Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, a new textile exhibition at the University of New Hampshire Museum.

Past exhibitions have focused on lovely gowns and surface details, but Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, the latest effort by guest curator Astrida Schaeffer, lifts skirts and unbuttons bodices to reveal the true ‘Victoria’s secrets’ — the corsets, hoops, bustles and more, that shaped and supported the changing silhouettes of women’s clothes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Some of the foundation garments displayed are designed to reshape the body, while some added to the body to change the profile. Early corsets and their precursors, called “stays,” were stiffened with reeds, cords, or whalebone (actually baleen) as a means of supporting the torso and bust. As technology advanced in the mid-19th century steel boning became the norm and the hourglass figure emerged as a result of steel’s shaping qualities.

According to Schaeffer:

Contrary to urban legend, that didn’t mean fainting ladies and rib removal; the exhibition makes the case that much of what we think we know about what it was like to live in a corset is a myth. In fact women lived quite active lives while corseted and could even be fairly athletic.

Where corsetry physically altered the body, hoops and bustles affected women’s shapes by building out artificially from it with cages of steel and other materials. The exhibition showcases a range of these items, as well as contemporary attitudes towards women's’ fashionably ballooning forms.

The core of the items on view comes from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at UNH, which holds some 700 textile pieces donated to the university by Bowen. These pieces were originally gathered as teaching tools for the home economics dressmaking classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s to the 1940s.

In addition, generous loans from collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses help fill out the story of how women’s clothes were shaped by their underthings.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University Museum and funded in part by the E.Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.

The University Museum, located in the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. Closed November 11, & 26 to 28.

Visit our Museum page for directions, parking information, photos, and more information on the exhibition and related programs.

Media contact: Dale Valena
University Museum, UNH
603-862-1081

Edwin & Mary Scheier Exhibit in Portsmouth

Posted April 28, 2015

April 30th – October 2nd, 2015
Edwin & Mary Scheier: Mid Century Modern New Hampshire Artists
UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, Guest Curator

Exhibit Location: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Experience a world of art and craft that began during the depression in New Hampshire. This is a collaborative exhibition with Portsmouth Historical Society, at the Discover Portsmouth Center. The collaboration is through the loan for UNH Scheier pottery through guest curator Dale Valena. There are around 80 pieces from private collectors and institutions such as UNH Special Collections, the Museum of Art at UNH, the Currier Museum of Art, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

“While the focus is on Scheiers’ Mid-Century New Hampshire years, we’ve gathered examples of their full careers as artists. The life and art of these two remarkable people is a great New Hampshire story, and we hope it delights and inspires!” explains UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, guest curator.

Ticketed gala opening reception will be on April 30th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.