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"A Message to Garcia": Elbert Hubbard & the Power of Print

Location and time: 

Collins Gallery, 3rd Floor, Central Library, Multnomah County Library,
801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97205 February 3-March 18, 2007 

Gallery hours: Monday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8
p.m.; Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m. 

About the exhibit: 

Elbert Hubbard's inspirational 1899 essay "A Message to Garcia" became
one of the most popular writings of all time, catapulting its author
into instant celebrity.  Hubbard (1856-1915), a William Morris follower
and American Arts and Crafts movement leader, became so popular that
Portland's 1905 world's fair, the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition
featured a lecture by Elbert Hubbard on an official "Roycroft Day" to
honor Hubbard's furniture and printing shop, the Roycroft Shop, in East
Aurora, New York. By the mid-20th century, as many as 40 million of
copies of "A Message to Garcia" had been printed and the text had been
translated into many languages.  Today its presence is still strong: in
December 2006 outgoing Florida Governor Jeb Bush included his personal
copy of "A Message to Garcia" in his official painted portrait (along
with his Blackberry!).

Featuring materials borrowed from Portland collector and author Jack
Walsdorf, the John Wilson Special Collections, Denver collector and
author Robert Rust, and the Buffalo (NY) & Erie County Public Library -
including its original manuscript in Elbert Hubbard's hand - the
exhibition examines "this remarkable phenomenon of publishing" - as
famed papermaker Dard Hunter called it - and how the power of print can
impact society.

Opening Reception:

Collins Gallery, Saturday, February 3, 2007 2-3:30 p.m. 

Please join us for the exhibition, light refreshments and comments by
exhibition curator Jim Carmin and by local author and collector Jack

For more information, contact John Wilson Special Collections Librarian
Jim Carmin at 503.988.6287 or jimc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Or see: http://www.multcolib.org/events/collins/message.html

     Jim Carmin
     John Wilson Special Collections Librarian
     Multnomah County Library
     801 SW 10th Avenue
     Portland, OR 97205
     phone: 503-988-6287
     fax: 503-988-5226


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