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Special Collections tour
October 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm–2:00 pmFree
Visitors will see treasures from the State Library collections that are not normally on public view, including some of the earliest published laws of Massachusetts, a realistic facsimile of Mayflower passenger William Bradford’s manuscript journal “Of Plimoth Plantation,” broadsides recruiting soldiers for the Civil War, photographs of African-American soldiers, a handwritten journal by a Civil War soldier from Massachusetts, early maps of Boston, and 19th-century birds-eye view maps of other Massachusetts cities and towns.
Registration required. Limited to 6 visitors.
Directions to the State Library’s Special Collections Department:
The State Library’s Special Collections Department is in Room 55 of the State House. (Please note: the Main Library is Room 341; Special Collections is in a different physical location within the State House.)
Easiest way to get there is to come in the main entrance of the State House–called the Hooker Entrance because of the large equestrian statue out front of General Hooker–which is right across Beacon Street from where Park Street comes up from the Park Street T stop. It is about a 3-minute walk up Park Street from the T stop.
Come in the Hooker entrance and go through security (metal detector, bags and parcels through a scanner), then head left across the first floor to the West Wing of the building. At the end of the West Wing hallway, walk down one flight of stairs, or, take the elevator one level down to the Basement. You will see the door to Special Collections (Room 55) there.