Browse Exhibits (4 total)

100 Years Ago at Trinity

A portrait of Trinity in 1914: its buildings,  student life, curriculum, and athletic. All materials are taken from the college yearbook the Ivy, and the student newspaper, the Tripod.  The complete run of these publications is available in the Trinity College Digital Repository

Selections from Trinity College Art Collection


The mission of the Trinity College Art Collection is to support teaching using original works of art, to preserve works of art entrusted to the Trustees of Trinity College, and to document and make such works accessible for study to students, faculty and the public.

 Assembled largely from gifts by alumni and other donors, the Trinity College Art Collection spans a diverse range of objects and time periods.  Represented primarily by individual permanent collections, holdings encompass more than 4,000 objects.

 Included are 14th-16th Century European paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Study Collection, 18th-19th Century Japanese woodblock prints from the Philip Kappel Collection of Prints, Trinity College Presidential Portraits, the Edwin Blake Memorial Collection, the George Chaplin Collection, and the Edith A. Graham Collection of Haitian Art.

 Various works from the Collection are on view in public buildings throughout campus and in special exhibitions in the College’s Widener Gallery.

The Books Behind History 219: Planet Earth: Past, Present, and Future

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This exhibit showcases the books that influenced the creation of a Trinity College class “Planet Earth.”

The class explores the effect of the natural world on human history and of humans on the natural world. Our focus is on the earth as a global system. We begin with a consideration of human and natural histories in deep time, well before the written record, and offer an argument for why those histories matter. We then examine how the historical past can be understood in the context of these planetary themes, reframing familiar events and periods in ancient and modern history by highlighting major natural changes that accompanied them, such as the redistribution of various plants and animals, the fluctuation of climate, and the development of planet-altering technologies. The course culminates in a consideration of the future planetary conditions that past and present actions may cause.  


Most of the books listed here are also on exhiit in the Trinity College Library on Level A near the circulation desk. They are available to be checked out and read. A few are also available online.

Freedom of Speech, the Right of Expression

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This first amendment of the United States Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

What actions fall under freedom of expression rights?  What topics or concepts are and are not protected?  What constitutes supression of these rights?  The answer to these questions may never be completely clear.  But that should not stop individuals from educating themselves on the history and philosophy behind freedom of expression in order to come to their own conclusions.

The Trinity College Library and Watkinson Library have a multitude of resources regarding freedom of expression in their collections. From secondary sources analyzing the concept in variety of ways to primary sources that serve as examples of these rights in action throughout history, these resources give researchers a wide ranging look at freedom of expression, its interpretations and practices.

This exhibit was created in conjunction with the display of freedom of speech related materials opened in February of 2018 in the Raether Library atrium display case.