Surprise, surprise all of mankind: there's more to Idaho than potatoes, potatoes and, yes, potatoes. But, let's face it, the things of most importance, in any facet of life, resemble the common potato in its gargantuan presence in the world. Potatoes have become a staple food in several parts of our world, and serve an integral part in … Continue reading Famous Local Authors Exhibit Adventure
As we are nearing the arrival of not only All Hallow's Eve, but also the second season of Stranger Things (returns October 27th for all interested parties), we here at the BYU-Idaho Special (Skeletal, if you will) Collections department thought we would embrace the bone-chilling mood of this holiday season, and showcase a sampling of particularly "spooky" … Continue reading Getting Spooky in Skeletal Collections
With the help of Jon Fackrell and the library's new 3D printer, we were able to print facsimiles of a few artifacts that pertain to Martin Luther that we have added to our exhibit. These artifacts include an Indulgence Chest; used to collect Indulgences from faithful Catholics who wished to lessen their time in purgatory. … Continue reading 3D Printing
"The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander." T.E. Lawrence
This original funerary stele is a marble monument to memorialize a deceased 17-year-old young man. It is written in Greek, although the young man's first name is Latin and dates back to the 2nd century and is from Turkey. Funerary Steles: Like today's tombstones, funerary steles were a memorial for the deceased, although cemeteries did … Continue reading Artifact Spotlight: Roman Funerary Stele
This original clay tablet is from ~2150 BC and is made of fired clay. The writing is in Sumerian. Description: Clay tablets like this were once considered 'recyclable' and weren't meant to be kept. Occasionally accidental fires would take place and the clay would be fired, preserving them for centuries. Like our paper envelopes today, … Continue reading Artifact Spotlight: Cuneiform Envelope
As high schools around the area have recently celebrated their graduations (congratulations!), we at BYU-I are still in the middle of our semester. Seeing all the graduates has reminded us of our own high school graduations. In celebration of the recent and soon-to-be graduates, we've looked through a few of our yearbooks and want to … Continue reading Remembering Ricks
"The last line of 'America the Beautiful' perfectly describes how I feel about my country: 'And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.' No matter who we are, what we believe, or where we are from, we can all come together as people for the good of our homes, our country, and … Continue reading Oh, Beautiful
Special Collections invites you to come in and guess what this original woodcut represents! Prizes will be awarded to anyone who can correctly guess the Bible story depicted in this picture. If you think you know the answer, comment below or come visit Special Collections in McKay 220 on Mondays-Fridays from 9-5!
In the summer of 1856, two pioneer companies set out to move west. These companies set out from Iowa City in mid to late July on foot, pulling handcarts. In late August, they left Nebraska to continue their trek in the unpopulated west. They hoped to make a journey of 900 miles before winter came. … Continue reading All is Well!