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News Release — February 25, 2002

Ransom Center Hosts Explore UT Events

Explore UT

The Ransom Center will once again be participating in The University of Texas' Explore UT day, the annual university-wide open house taking place Saturday, March 2, 2002. The Center's participation is greater in scope this year despite the fact that access to the building has been made somewhat precarious by the construction project. Three separate events will provide visitors with a glimpse into the workings of the internationally recognized research institution beginning at 11:00 a.m. Following is a list of events with details.

From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center

Tour this exhibition of over 170 of the Ransom Center's finest collection pieces on your own or guided by curators at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, 2313 Red River, one block west of I-35 on The University of Texas campus. Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours occurring between 11:00 a.m. and 4:40 p.m.

John Steinbeck in His Time: A Centennial Exhibition

2002 marks John Steinbeck's 100th birthday, and the Ransom Center is part of the national celebration with an exhibition featuring rare manuscripts, books, and images that bring his writings to life. This exhibition is being held on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center, just west of the Tower, and will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. with guided tours available throughout the day.

Why is There a Big Fence Around the Ransom Center?

In an effort to explain the myriad changes in the works at the Center, staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the current construction project. Learn why the paintings have moved and get a preview of what the Center will look like when the new spaces open in Spring 2003. At the Ransom Center, northeast corner of 21st and Guadalupe from 11:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

For more information on Explore UT day visit the Web site. Information on Ransom Center events can be accessed at on the Web or by calling 512.471.8944.

One of the world's finest cultural archives, the Ransom Center houses 30 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and over 100,000 works of art. Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1450), the world's first photograph (c. 1826), important paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and major manuscript collections of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Tennessee Williams to name but a few. The Center is used extensively for research by scholars from around the world and presents numerous exhibitions and events each year showcasing its collections. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.



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