Prepare yourself for an unveiling of the hidden gems of the Wayne State Libraries on June 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. as we offer a guided tour of the Reuther Library and a Special Collections-focused self-guided tour throughout the Undergraduate and Purdy/Kresge Libraries as part of the Wayne State Insiders program.
The 90-minute program will kick off in the Purdy/Kresge Auditorium with a short welcome from Dean Sandra Yee, Special Collections Team and Reuther Library. From there, participants will split into two groups: one group will take part in a behind-the-scenes, 40-minute tour of the Reuther Library headed by archivist Louis Jones, while the other group will be provided maps and embark on a self-guided tour of Special Collections highlights in the UGL and P/K. From elephant memorabilia and keepsakes belonging to Florence Nightingale, to a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair and the sister to the pistol used by John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination, the Wayne State Libraries hold a trove of historical treasures to share! Librarians and staff will be available to not only help direct people to the various points of interest, but also to explain the collections and answer questions from the tour participants. The two groups will switch at the conclusion of the first Reuther tour so that the first group can explore the libraries while the other group tours Reuther.
The Wayne State Insiders includes alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff who serve as informal ambassadors for Wayne State and our Midtown community. We welcome anyone excited about the positive impact of WSU and Detroit’s urban renewal. The more we learn, the more we can share and the greater our collective impact can be.