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To learn more about Samurai culture and this exhibit, come to the opening lecture on November 6th at 3pm, Level 1 auditorium. Jack Stoneman, Paul Hyer, and Aaron Skabelund will introduce the exhibition, with a reception to follow in Special Collections.
The display (housed by the East entrance on Level 3) will include two 14th and 16th century swords, a suit of armor, military science materials, and fascinating scrolls from early modern Japan.
“The legend of the Samurai grew as the class of the Samurai died out.” says Jack Stoneman, an associate professor of Japanese literature at BYU, and a co-curator of the exhibit. “The Samurai were warriors, scholars, poets, and artists. I’m surprised by the variety of items in this exhibition.”
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2014 marks the hundredth year since the outbreak of World War I. Special Collections curator Kristi Young and BYU professor Robert Freeman collaborated to put together a stunning exhibition commemorating the anniversary.
The exhibit, located in Special Collections on the first floor of the library, features journals, weapons, uniforms, photographs, posters, and a stereoscope with slides from university collections.
The small travel diary of a typist stationed in Paris tell of sightseeing, hotels, and uncomfortable train rides, while a headphone station nearby allows you to listen to a veteran telling stories from his service.
Track star and BYU hall of famer Clinton Larson served in World War I in a special squadron tasked with maintaining troop morale. He competed for the US in the Inter-Allied Games in France in 1919, winning a gold medal in the high jump. The exhibit contains several items of Larson’s clothing, and information about his service during the war.
Take time to explore, contemplate, and imagine life during this dramatic period of modern history.
The exhibit will be on display until Spring 2015.