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What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City

November 10, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenters: Dr. James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies and George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of History, Ball State University Dr. Frank Felsenstein, Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor in Humanities and Professor of English, Ball State University 

The discovery of a large cache of circulation records from the Muncie Public Library in 2003 offered unprecedented detail about American reading behavior at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr. Felsenstein and Connolly have mined these records to produce an in-depth account of print culture in Muncie. Using the data assembled and made public through the “What Middletown Read Database,” a celebrated new resource the authors helped launch, they analyzed the borrowing choices and reading culture of social groups and individuals. The result was a rich, revealing portrait of the place of reading in an emblematic American community. Reception and book signing to follow program.

Must be 18 years of age to register. Call 765-285-8975.

What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City


November 10, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center
400 Minnetrista Blvd.
Muncie, IN 47306 United States
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