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You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Summer 2015 Gathering

You are invited to attend the ARLIS/NA New England Informal Summer Gathering!

Friday, August 14th at 5pm

Meet at the NEW! Lesley University John and Carol Moriarty Library, formerly the Art Institute of Boston Library

1801 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02140

Please RSVP by Monday. August 10th!

This spring semester marked the opening of Lesley University’s Lunder Arts Center and historically restored Cambridge North Prospect church. Now home to Lesley’s Art and Design Library, Carrie, Raye, and Kate have invited the Chapter for an informal gathering to see their new library. Afterward we’ll head over to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks. We’ll have tables reserved. To learn more about the historic North Prospect Church visit:

The gathering will be in two parts:

1) 5p-5:45p: Everyone meets at the Moriarty Library and view the new facility.  

2) 5:45p-Whenever!: Take a quick walk to Christopher’s for dinner and drinks.

Directions to the John and Carol Moriarty Library once at the Lunder Arts Center:
1. Enter through the Lunder Arts Center main entrance – 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140
2. Take a right into the historical church just past the security desk
3. Library entrance will be on your right!

Paid parking is available on a first come, first serve hourly basis on the Porter Square campus behind University Hall, Alternatively, there is on-street metered parking on Massachusetts Avenue.  Please contact Kate Thornhill, 617-349-8073 or, if you have any questions.

Panopticon Gathering at the BAC – October 4, 2013

Panopticon members attended and event hosted by the New England Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/ NA). This reception was held at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) Library and welcomed all new and returning Simmons GSLIS students interested in Art and Design Librarianship. Attendees had a chance to learn more about the ARLIS/NA organization at the national and local chapter level and to meet some local ARLIS chapter members. There were also tours of the BAC Library’s collections.  Light refreshments will be served.


Visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society – January 31, 2013

Our first gathering of 2013 was a visit on January 31 to the Massachusetts Historical Society to see their latest exhibit on jewelry.
In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry features rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, ranging from early gold bands with death’s head iconography to jeweled brooches and intricately woven hairwork pieces of the Civil War era. These elegant and evocative objects are presented in the context of their history, use, and meaning, alongside related pieces of material culture.

Our group heard from the show’s curators to learn how they put the show together, the collaborations involved, and the changing role of exhibitions at the Massachusetts Historical Society research library.  The meeting was hosted by staff member Betsy Boyle and provided us with a chance to become acquainted with a rich archive of the papers of early New England families and rare books. This is the nation’s oldest Historical Society that has been collecting and publishing since 1791!