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YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place - A Gallery Reception

Time: April 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Special Collections, 6th floor - Bird Library

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries presents an opening reception for the exhibit, "YOU ARE HERE: Expanding the Concept of Place." 

For most, the term “place” refers to a specific location or a singular state of mind. However, a shift in perspective can redefine “place” to include a vastly wider vocabulary that encompasses displacement, migration, and ways of moving through spaces that connect specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal and the imagined destination of the Underground Railroad. The physical manifestation of these historical events and social reform movements are often recorded and defined through handwritten notes, surveyor’s maps, personal photographs and journals. The exhibit “YOU ARE HERE” utilizes rare books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs and other artifacts from the permanent collection of the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Libraries to reframe and expand the notions of what this “place” is, was, and what it can be.

Andrew Saluti, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries