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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Open House


Ever wonder why and how the Hunt Institute works to preserve and document the history of botany? Curious about what is at the end of the hallway behind that green braided rope? Long for a closer look at that elegant room behind the glass doors? Want to visit but can't find the right time? Our Open House is the perfect time to satisfy your curiosity, seek answers to your questions and learn more about us.

Open House 2017

Our annual Open House on Sunday, 25 June (1:45–4:30 p.m.) will include a talk (2:00–3:00 p.m.) and an exhibition tour (3:15–4:00 p.m.). Librarian Charlotte Tancin will present "A celebration of plants, enjoying endless variety of form and kind," a talk and display from the Institute's rare book collection. Striking historical illustrations of selected kinds of plants or aspects of their forms will be on display. She will talk briefly about each image, discussing what can be seen in the image and how the published image would have supported the work of botanists at the time, such as in floristic studies, reports of explorations, monographs on a family or genus, documenting new introductions or celebrating exotic garden plants.

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Fritillaire impériale [Fritillaria imperialis Linnaeus, Liliaceae], stipple engraving by Édouard Hocquart (?1789–?1870), ca.1821, 30 x 22 cm, after his original for Joseph Rogues (1772–1850), Phytographie Médicale: Ornée de Figures Coloriées de Grandeur Naturelle ... (Paris, 1821 [–1824], vol. 1, pl. 25, opp. p. 94), HI Art accession no. 1131.