The research of the Libraries’ Emily Beck — garnered from historical materials at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine — servee as the foundation for an interactive publication and two unique events at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Tattersall Distilling.
Engagement and outreach services
Temporary library closure May 24 - August 16Collections will be unavailable during the temporary closure of the Wangensteen Historical Library. Reference consultations and course planning appointments are possible as time permits during this period. Contact [email protected] for assistance.
Library staff provide expertise and content to create opportunities or enhance conversations about the history of health, medicine, and biological sciences.
In collaboration with University of Minnesota and community groups and individuals, we offer:
- exhibitions and special events, including lectures.
- tours and outreach events for individuals, departments, visitors, and groups.
- digital humanities and other collaborative projects.
- research, reading, and other groups' studying topics related to our collections.
- material loans for exhibits at museums or archives.
Examples of research collaboration
It's not every day that you get a chocolate bar made in your honor, but today is a lucky day. Introducing 1772, a new chocolate bar made by Nova Chocolate from an old recipe found in a manuscript at the Wangensteen Historical Library.
The history and health benefits of fermentation and distillation were the topic of a happy hour lecture at Bryant Lake Bowl, led by the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine’s Lois Hendrickson and Emily Beck.
The Wangensteen Historical Library was filled with rare books, good food, and great conversation when they opened their doors for a Fermentation Open House with co-host GYST Fermentation Bar, held in conjunction with Wangensteen’s exhibit, Bodies and Spirits: Health and the History of Fermentation and Distillation.