Archive for November, 2013
Exquisite costumes from past Theatre Department productions and rare opera recordings are some of the items to be seen in the “Opera Week” display created by Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley and Trent Clegg. A second case displays beautiful books and recordings from our collection along with information about the Metropolitan Opera. The display cases are in the New Books area on the first floor of the Library.
ISU’s Opera Week begins with the performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro by Opera Idaho on Nov. 14. One of the greatest operas ever written, “The Marriage of Figaro” is billed as a witty, yet profound tale of love, revenge and forgiveness set in the late 18th century. On Nov. 16, ISU will host the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. The Department of Music has four students who will compete to advance to the regional auditions. Opera Week concludes on Nov. 17 as Thomas Muraco from the Manhattan School of Music conducts a master class of ISU music majors. Admission to the master class with Muraco is free.
The School of Performing Arts “Opera Week” display will be up through November. For Library hours click here.
The Library is pleased to present the Fine Art Photographic Prints of Linda Groom. Travel to India, Tanzania, Greece, Syria, Turkey, Mexico, and view the beauty of the surrounding areas of Yellowstone and Buckskin.
From the artist: “I’m fascinated by texture and context, and I try to convey that in my photography. Life is tactile. It has a feeling to it. We experience life through our senses, and I try to capture images that convey the specific constellation of sense appeals in the moment.”
Experience and enjoy the photography of Linda Groom through the end of January 2014. The exhibit is located on the first floor next to the Reference Desk. To learn more about Linda and her work click here.
For complete Library hours click here. Please note Thanksgiving, Christmas, and interim session hours.
Associate Professor Philip A. Homan presented two invited programs at the 2013 Wild West History Association Roundup in Boise on July 11. Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, the slide presentations, entitled “Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company” and “Powder Face: The Horse That Robbed the Winnemucca Bank,” narrated the career of the Idaho Horse Queen. Wilkins ran the largest herd of horses owned by one family in the American West. She also made the largest horse sale in the West, supplying over ten percent of all the horses sent from the United States to South Africa for the Boer War from 1899 to 1902, according to statistics from the British Remount Department.
The biweekly roundup of over 500 horses on her range in Owyhee County for that sale provided the perfect cover for the robbery of the general store in the remote Idaho ranching community of Three Creek in September 1900 for provisions for the getaway from the holdup of the First National Bank in Winnemucca, Nevada, by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Wilkins’s saddle horse was also stolen to use in the bank holdup. After the holdup, the horse was given to a boy near Winnemucca by Cassidy. Homan’s peer-reviewed article “The Sundance Kid Didn’t Do It-The Winnemucca Bank Robbery Confession and the Three Creek Store: A Review of the Evidence” was published in the October issue of the WWHA’s Journal. Homan provides evidence that the Sundance Kid’s confession of the robbery of the Three Creek store and the Winnemucca bank, discovered in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, newspaper by a British scholar in the British Library-the truth of which current research on Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and the Winnemucca bank robbery has taken for granted-is a forgery.
The WWHA was formed in 2008 by the merger of the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association, founded in 1990, with the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History, founded in 1974 at Utah State University in part by the family of Butch Cassidy and the boy to whom Cassidy gave Wilkins’s horse. With international membership, the WWHA is the premier scholarly association for the preservation of the history of the Wild Bunch and other outlaws.