AUBURN – When members of the Auburn Family learned the 130-year-old oaks at Toomer’s Corner had been poisoned and were not likely to survive, they responded with a spontaneous outpouring of both grief and high hopes for the health of the trees and the determination that the senseless crime would not break the Auburn spirit.
Many items were placed at the base of the oaks in tribute to what the historic trees have come to symbolize. They included personal articles, signs, get-well wishes from small children and moving tributes from current and former students. As efforts began in earnest to do everything possible to save the trees, the items had to be cleared away.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Libraries will host a talk by professors Gary Mullen and Taylor Littleton about their newly published book, “Philip Henry Gosse: Science and Art in Letters from Alabama and Entomologia Alabamensis,” on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives section of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The work serves as the Auburn University Libraries’ ceremonial three-millionth volume.
In 1838, Gosse, a British naturalist, visited Alabama for eight months. In 1859, he published “Letters from Alabama,” providing an account of his observations about the state. The letters were originally serialized in a magazine. “Entomologia Alabamensis,” previously unpublished, contains scientifically precise, miniature watercolors of insects that Gosse observed during his stay in Alabama.
AUBURN – Author and Auburn University alumnus, Jim Buford, will present a public reading of his new book, “The House Across the Road,” at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 6th in The Special Collections and Archives Department of the Auburn University Library.
“The House Across the Road,” a collection of loosely connected short fiction, is a departure for the former nonfiction writer. Bert Hitchcock, a noted scholar of Southern literature and author of the book’s preface, says that Buford shows special skill in his genuine, humorous renderings of small-town life in the South.
AUBURN – Helen and Dwight Carlisle of Tallassee recently donated a limited edition facsimile set of 67 illustrations by American-born naturalist and explorer William Bartram to the Auburn University Libraries.
Bartram produced the illustrations in the early 1770s to depict the plants and animals of the southeastern United States. The original illustrations are in the Natural History Museum, London. The set donated to the Auburn Libraries by the Carlisles is one of only 50 numbered sets produced for this edition.