Two great archives are neighbors in New Haven: Grove Street Cemetery, the nation’s first chartered burial ground, and Beinecke Library, North America’s largest building dedicated exclusively to rare books and and manuscripts. Both exist to make the past accessible in the present for the future, and both offer many encyclopedias of stories to explore and inspire.
Michael Morand, communications director of Beinecke Library and a founding co-chair of the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, will lead an insider’s tour, starting with some of the too-little sung heroes interred in the cemetery, including William Grimes, Cortlandt Van Rensselaer Creed, Alexander Du Bois (W.E.B.’s grandfather), and Ebenezer Bassett, along with the fathers of American scientific education, geography, lexicography, and more.
The tour will continue at the nearby Beinecke Library, with a close-up look at Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture garden, Lewis and Clark’s expedition map, Marsden Hartley paintings, chairs from Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, and, quite possibly, encounters with Edith Wharton, Vita Sackville-West, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. Du Bois (Alexander’s grandson).
Fees for this tour will support the educational mission of the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery.
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