Events

UL First Fridays: Playing Ball and Neighborhood Home Festivals

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.

A woodcut image from the James Ford Bell Library showing a large group of people playing a game with one figure kicking a ball

Playing Ball in the James Ford Bell Library

Presented by Anne Good, Assistant Curator, James Ford Bell Library

Ball games, in fact games and recreational activities of all sorts, were played by peoples throughout the premodern world. This talk by assistant curator Anne Good will share accounts and images of recreation documented in the Bell Library’s collections.

A black and white photo from the IHRCA collections showing a person playing a guitar with five people standing behind them in an indoor space

‘Get Together Americans!’ Through Neighborhood Home Festivals

Presented by Ellen Engseth, Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives

The Parranda, a Puerto Rican custom of progressive parties, were adapted by Rachel Davis Dubois in New York as the Neighborhood Home Festival. Their purpose was intercultural experiences, developing friendships, and combating racism.


About

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

Automation by Design: Politics, Culture, and Landscape in an Age of Machines That Learn

Automation by Design is a global, interdisciplinary, virtual CBI symposium on the politics and culture of digital automation and will be held as a 1.5-day virtual symposium Friday through Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2023. This symposium will explore how automation—from its algorithmic and architectural design to its structuring, materiality, maintenance, and use—has developed jointly with social politics. 

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UL First Fridays: Fun With a Purpose

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.


Fun With a Purpose: Pageants and Parades in the Social Welfare History Archives

Presented by Linnea Anderson, Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives

Pageants, festivals, parades, and exhibitions were popular activities in early 20th-century community centers and recreation departments. These events used patriotic, historical, cultural, and literary themes to entertain and educate. Join the fun for stories that range from neighborhood festivals to major civic productions with casts of thousands and elaborate sets, costumes, music, and dancing.


About

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

UL First Fridays: Jewish Country Clubs, Maps and Leisure

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.

A line art illustration shows a woman wearing a mid-20th century style of clothing who is playing golf

Having a Ball: Minnesota’s Jewish Country Clubs

Presented by Kate Dietrick, Archivist, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

Teeing off into the history of local Jewish country clubs, we will especially explore the women who were active in spaces where the unspoken maxim may have once been “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden.”

A map of Minnesota includes small illustrations of animals, and the map title reads “Minnesota invites you to live-work-play in the playground of 10,000 lakes.”

Recreation and Leisure Through a Cartographic Lens

Presentation by Ryan Mattke, Head, John R. Borchert Map Library

The John R. Borchert Map Library collection contains over 600,000 maps, atlases, and aerial photographs. Discover cartographic items related to travel, tourism, books, games, sports, and more!


About

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.