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Globe Theatre Model Restoration

Globe Theater

Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library and Theatre and Dance Department are pleased to announce the restoration of a historic model of the Globe Theatre to be used for classroom instruction, research, and campus exhibitions.

The model, built in 1935 by H. Ernest Conklin, has been an important resource for the Theatre & Dance Department and others on campus who are interested in the history of theater, English playwriting, architecture, costume and set design, or other aspects of European history. The conservation process, performed by the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, resulted in repairs to the model and allowed for its continued use as an educational resource and visual masterpiece for years to come. Questions about the model or interest in educational use are encouraged and can be directed to the Michael Schwartz Library.

The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Shakespeare’s playing company. Until the theater closed in 1642 it served as the primary playhouse for Shakespeare’s plays, which were popular during Shakespeare’s life and beyond. Although the actual dimensions of the playhouse are not known, various literary and historical clues have allowed historians to piece together the design of this important landmark. Most scholars estimate that the building was three stories high, open air, and could accommodate about 3,000 spectators. A modern reconstruction of the theatre, to scale, was opened in London in 1997, very near to the location of the original site.

Globe Theater
The year 2019 marks the 420th anniversary of the original Globe Theatre being built, a magnificent architectural achievement destined to play host to many magnificent performances. The Globe Theatre model will remain on display in the library until September 2019, after which time it will be permanently relocated to the Theatre & Dance Department in the Middough Building.

Stop in and take a look!

- Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-05-17 10:12:12. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities.

George Howe comes home

George Howe

You may have read that there is a new occupant of CSU's Office of Research: a 19th century portrait of George Howe, the original owner of the Millionaire's Row mansion that is now Parker Hannifin Hall. The oil painting, by Chester Harding, a prominent 19th century portrait artist known for his paintings of several U.S. presidents, was donated to the University by Innis Howe Shoemaker in memory of her grandmother, a descendant of Mr. Howe.

This all seems entirely fitting and reasonable, but it actually took several years of work to bring George home, and the Library's Bill Barrow was instrumental in making it happen. Bill, our Head of Special Collections, was approached several years ago by Mrs. Shoemaker, a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When Mrs. Schoemaker told him she was interested in donating the oil painting, he was of course immediately interested.

But how best to use it? The portrait could not be considered part of the University Archives, since it had never belonged to the University. Bill felt that it somehow didn't quite belong in Special Collections, either, if a more fitting and public location could be found. He reached out to the current occupants of George Howe's old home, and found them to be enthusiastic about the idea. Reassured that George wouldn't end up in some basement storage facility, Bill accepted the donation on behalf of the University.

It took some time to find the ideal location in the old Howe mansion: somewhere prominent yet reasonably secure. Dr. Jerzy Sawicki, Vice President for Research, provided just the spot in the Office of Research. When it turned out that the painting needed cleaning, restoration, mounting, and labeling, funding was secured and our neighbors at the Bonfoey Gallery brought the painting back to life. George Howe's likeness is now beautifully displayed in the Office of Research, PH 205, and there are plans to install a reproduction above the fireplace on the first floor in the near future.

Welcome home, George.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2019-04-23 13:45:43. Reply to Donna_Stewart. Categories: Arts and Humanities, Library News.

Cleveland Against the World: #Allin at the Great Lakes Exposition

Crowds at the Great Lakes Exposition.
Crowds at the Great Lakes Exposition, 1936.

Come commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Great Lakes Exposition and the last time Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention!

Celebrate Cleveland pride by engaging with the city's national and international history.

Explore at your own pace how the Great Lakes Exposition (GLE) can be used to examine diverse trends in a broader historical context through the use of historical fiction, virtual museums, and audio/visual presentations, among others.

The exhibit will be held on Thursday, November 10th from 8:30-9:45 on the first floor east wing of the Michael Schwartz Library. Presented by students in HIS 299 "Introduction to Historical Studies" with support from the History Department, and Michael Schwartz Library and Special Collections, and the Division of University Engagement.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2016-11-02 14:51:22. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Arts and Humanities, Library News.

Historical Checks from Huntington Bank on Display at the Library

A view of the Huntington display

Huntington National Bank will have 30 historical checks from their collection on display in the Michael Schwartz Library through the end of July. The checks were a gift from the late John Sherwin, a director of the former Union Trust Bank, which was acquired by Huntington Bank in the 1980s.

Dating back more than a century, several checks were personally written and signed by U.S. Presidents, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson to name a few. Also on display is the only check written by a female, Susan B. Anthony and checks by American literary greats such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain (signed with his surname, Clemens). Lastly, in honor of Independence Day, a portion of the exhibit is dedicated to iconic figures in American History, including a few who had signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Exhibit is available during Library Summer Hours.

Huntington National Bank is now the official bank of Cleveland State University

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-06-27 16:57:49. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Arts and Humanities, Library News.

37th Cleveland International Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival
April 3-14, 2013
At Tower City Cinemas

Check out the 37th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival. This year's festival is bigger and better than ever. With over 180 features and over 165 short films, there's something for everyone.

Tickets are $14, Students and Seniors are $12 with ID. Receive $2 off the ticket price by using your college discount code=CSU.

FREE College Day is April 9, 2013 for selected films (College ID required).

For more information, visit

Cleveland State University is a platinum sponsor.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-04-01 09:57:34. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Arts and Humanities.

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