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Yesterday, May 14, was the 410th anniversary of the establishment of Jamestown, Virginia, named in honor King James I of England. This location was picked because it was surrounded by water on three sides, and was far enough inland to be protected from attacks by the Spanish. The first president of this colony was Edward Winfield and among the first council members was Captain John Smith. In the next few months the settlers would have their fort built for protection from the Powhatan Indians native to the land.

Lehigh Special Collections holds multiple editions of John Smith’s Generall Historie of Virginia, in which these images appear. 

It is so exciting to see one of our favorite professor’s book mentioned in so many places on the newsstand! Stephanie Powell Watts’ debut novel No One Is Coming to Save Us has been named one of the best books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, Bustle, The Millions, Babble, Redbook, Elle, Nylon and The Chicago Review of Books. This riff on The Great Gatsby recast in the contemporary South gives voice to the marginalized dreamers of contemporary America. From The New York Times Book Review: “The ways in which No One Is Coming to Save Us intersects with and veers away from Fitzgerald’s familiar plot can be very rewarding… Every departure can be seen as a sly comment on what it means to be a person of color in today’s America…”

In today’s marginalia, a long-departed reader notes (at the bottom) that we should “behold [things that are] foreign/strange” (”ecce alienigene”) in this 15th century Book of Hours.  Thanks to soon-to-be Dr. Lucy Barnhouse for the translation.  On a side note, the tiny-yet-intricate embellishments to this page (and throughout the entire book) make me happy.

From Lehigh University’s Linderman Library (MS Hirsh 17).

11/09/93 - Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
It is rumored that “You Know You’re Right” was played at soundcheck.
During “Milk It,” feedback from the stage monitors evidently hurt Kurt’s ears, prompting him to alter his singing and playing for part of the song.