August 21, 2017: Experience the Eclipse Across America

AllAmerica2015_outlinesDo you have plans for Monday, August 21? In case you’ve been living under a rock, on August 21, all of North America will experience a rare celestial event– a solar eclipse! Check out the Library’s display case for a Solar Eclipse-themed exhibit with photographs from the 1940s solar eclipse in Bozeman and other fascinating eclipse materials. Below, we have compiled a list of viewing opportunities and events happening at the MSU Library.

Viewing Options

Happy Eclipse Viewing! 

Interested in additional information about the eclipse and suggested reading?

Check out the Library Guide, The All-American Eclipse: Total Solar Eclipse 2017.

An Invitation to Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West

You’re invited to join us September 13-16, 2017 for Doig Country: Imagining Montana and the West, a free symposium at Montana State University on the work of acclaimed Montana author Ivan Doig!

The symposium will feature:

  • Numerous panels about a variety of topics relating to Ivan and the West
  • Tours of the Ivan Doig Archive in the MSU Library
  • A new film debuted by Carol Doig about Ivan’s life and work
  • Prominent speakers such as Patty Limerick, Carol Doig, Lois Welch (author and wife of James Welch), Nancy Cook, and Rebecca Saletan (Ivan’s long-time editor)
  • A public book discussion of This House of Sky
  • Related art exhibitions
  • A poetry reading
  • An optional field trip to White Sulphur Springs—a chance to visit Doig Country

See the full program schedule here

Registration

Everything except the field trip is free, but please register so that we can guarantee seats and refreshments for all.

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This event is brought to you by the College of Letters and Science, the Center for Western Lands and Peoples, and the MSU Library.

Please contact westernlandsandpeoples@montana.edu with any questions.

Acoustic Atlas at the State Fair

Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.
Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.
Ivan Doig in Montana. Photo courtesy of Carol Doig.

Audio recordings from the Acoustic Atlas will be featured at the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman from July 19 – 23. Soundscapes of rodeo events, livestock and the natural environment will accompany an MSU Library exhibit celebrating the life and work of the late novelist Ivan Doig.

In 2016, the Acoustic Atlas conducted several recording trips tracing locations featured in Doig’s writings as part of the library’s new Ivan Doig archive. Doig was raised in Montana and spent much of his life writing about his experiences. He wrote more than 16 books of fiction and non-fiction.

You can read more about the Doig exhibit in an article published last May in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. 

Sounds of the prairie

A windy morning on the Montana prairie. Photo by Jeff Rice.
A windy morning on the Montana prairie. Photo by Jeff Rice.
A windy morning on the Montana prairie. Photo by Jeff Rice.

The library’s Acoustic Atlas just returned from an incredible recording trip to the American Prairie Reserve in north-central Montana.

If you haven’t heard of the American Prairie Reserve, it is part of an ambitious effort to preserve a huge portion of Montana’s vanishing grasslands. All told, its organizers hope to stitch together about three million acres of prime prairie habitat. If successful, they will create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States — plenty of space for these coyotes (see recording below) calling under the stars last Sunday at about 2:00 AM.

 

Design a new donor Bookplate for the MSU Library!

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Design your mark on MSU

The MSU Library invites all students to enter a contest to design a new donor bookplate. This is a chance for you to design a functional piece of art that will live on well into the future of the library’s collection.

The Library’s bookplate personally acknowledges donors and the family members or friends in whose name they make a donation to support book purchases. The library has had several bookplate designs. Many featured local scenery such as the Bridger Mounts and the “M.”

Your design may continue this tradition or propose something entirely new.

Design your mark on MSU: Create a new bookplate for the Library!

Contest Webpage: http://www.lib.montana.edu/bookplate-contest/

 

About Ex Libris, a.k.a., the bookplate

The bookplate, originally known as ex libris, is a labels adhered to the inside front cover of a book that identify the book’s owner.

For centuries, bookplates have been more than mere labels. Indeed, ex libris is an enduring miniature art form practiced since the 15th century. Many distinguished artists have contributed to the genre; Albrecht Durer, Marc Chagall, M.C. Escher are just a few. Contemporary artists continue the tradition and bring fresh interpretations to the art form.

Learn more about ex libris design: http://www.bookplate.org/page/about-ex-libris

Sounds for new film at Sundance

Outside the Redstone Theater in Park City
Walking Out promotional still
Walking Out promotional still

If you had a chance to see the movie Walking Out at the Sundance Film Festival last week, you would have 1. been pretty lucky (the tickets were sold out far in advance), and 2. heard an incredibly rich mix of audio recordings from Montana’s backcountry. We’re proud to say that the library’s Acoustic Atlas contributed many of those recordings to the film.

Walking Out was shot mostly outdoors near Montana’s Crazy Mountains, and the filmmakers wanted the right sounds to match their epic cinematography. They knew that by coming to us, they would not only get great sounds, but also recordings of the actual places and species in their movie.

The movie adapts David Quammen’s short story of the same name and is written and directed by Montana filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith. It’s the story of a father and son hunting trip that turns into a struggle for survival. Variety called it a “lyrical and moving exploration of both the Montana backwoods and the human soul.”

I was able to visit Park City for a showing of the movie, and it was a thrill to see it all come together in the theater. Even though the movie is a work of fiction, those elk bugles and bird calls weren’t recorded on a Hollywood sound stage. The sounds are as real as it gets.

Keep an eye out for the movie later this year. Want to hear some of the sounds? Visit acousticatlas.org.

Outside the Redstone Theater in Park City
Outside the Redstone Theater in Park City