Laman Library's New Exhibits: Curious George History and the American Home
Two new exhibits are now on display in North Little Rock, courtesy of the William F. Laman Public Library System. The traveling exhibits are on view free of charge to the public at the library's main location and the Argenta Branch.
In Argenta, visitors can explore an exhibition about the creators of Curious George, the adventurous little monkey made popular in story books and cartoons. "The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France" unveils the history behind the children's character, whose creators fled Paris on bicycles in 1940 to escape the Nazi invasion. The Jewish couple, Margret and H.A. Rey, eventually made their way to the United States with their manuscripts and illustrations for the book, "The Adventures of Fifi," which was retitled "The Adventures of Curious George."
In the exhibition, visitors can learn about this journey and view art prints by artist Allan Drummond and archival images. The exhibit will be on view at The Argenta Branch (420 Main St., NLR) through Oct. 26.
At the Laman Library main branch, visitors can enjoy an exhibition about the evolution of the home throughout American history. "House & Home" will include films, construction materials, domestic artifacts and photographs that show how domestic life has transformed. The exhibit also explores issues such as housing inequality, land distribution, and the role of the government in the home -- from the Colonial period to the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s.
The exhibit will be on display at the Laman Library (2801 Orange St., NLR) through Oct. 20.
For more info and hours for both branches, visit LamanLibrary.org.
(Image: Allan Drummond, Escape from Paris, 2005, courtesy Allan Drummond and Institute for Holocaust Education, Omaha, NE)