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curtis red buttonUpcoming Events

New Catesby Book Release Party April 19, 2015
Ohio Academy of Medical History annual meeting April 25, 2015
"Medicine Illuminated" with opening night lecture on Medical Improvements in the Civil War, by Dr. James Ramage May 9, 2015
A Visit from John Uri Lloyd and unveiling of gift to the Lloyd from the Lloyd Family June 5, 2015
"...the Forest for the Trees" exhibit opening and film screening October 10, 2015

curtis red button Lloyd Library establishes partnership to help launch The Curious Mister Catesby, a new book about America's first Natural Historian - Mark Catesby (1683-1749) on April 19, 2015

Catesby's Ivory-billed woodpeckerIn 2014 the Lloyd began forging a community partnership with the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The purpose of that collaboration is to bring to the attention of a wider audience the existence of a very important person in North American history, Mark Catesby, North America's first natural historian. Catesby made two trips to Colonial America (1712 for seven years and 1722 for four years) where he began documenting the plants and animals of what was still a largely unexplored new world for European settlers. After his return to England (his birthplace and home), he spent the next 20 years producing the two volume Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. The results were stunning and served as inspiration to countless naturalists in the succeeding decades and centuries, including John James Audubon, the most famous of the early naturalists.

The Curious Mister CatesbyOur four institutions invite you to be a part of the celebration of a new work on Mark Catesby. This book, The Curious Mister Catesby: a "truly ingenious" naturalist explores new worlds, is a collaborative effort as well, filled with all the latest research on Catesby and his ground-breaking work. Edited by Dr. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott, this lavishly illustrated volume is sure to become a cherished volume in your personal library. Nelson and Elliott, along with Leslie Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian Library, and Prof. W. Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus of Botany, Miami University, will be delivering lectures and a panel discussion on their work on Catesby, what we know, what still remains a mystery, and why this work was so important to the growth of the Americas.

hawksbill turtleEvents will take place at the Cincinnati Museum Center on April 19, 2015. For full description and to register for the variety of available opportunites, visit the CMC's Insights Lecture Series here. Plus, on April 20, 2015, The Curious Mister Catesby exhibition will open at CMC. The Lloyd's 1st edition of Catesby will be on display alongside CMC's 1763 edition of Catesby's study of trees and shrubs of North America. And, art by John James Audubon and John Ruthven (Cincinnati's own 20th century Audubon), as well as reproductions of Catesby's original watercolors, and select specimens from the Natural History Museum collections, will be available for viewing.

Additionally, we encourage you to take this opportunity to visit the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, where you can visit the Cincinnati Room and check out the folio edition of John James Audubon's Birds of America, and ask about their other natural history holdings, including a 3rd edition of Catesby's Natural History. Or get out and explore a little nature on your own at the Cincinnati Nature Center!

Thanks to all our partners for helping to make this event happen!

Cincinnati Nature CenterPublic Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyCincinnati Museum CenterCatesby Commemorative TrustLloyd Library and Museum

curtis red button Ohio Academy of Medical History set to meet at the Lloyd

In 2014, libraries around the world celebrated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius, best known for his Seven books on the fabric of the human body (commonly known as the Fabrica after its Latin title). It was a landmark publication in the history of medicine with its numerous illustrations and detailed description of the structures and functions of the human body. The Lloyd's copy of the 2014 reproduction of the Fabrica will be on display alongside numerous historic and rare volumes on the history of medicine and surgery. These will be accompanied by a remarkable exhibition of original medical illustrations from the Lloyd's Vesalius Trust Collection of Art in the Service of Science.

The Ohio Academy, in conjunction with regional members of the Association of Medical Illustrators, will celebrate the history of anatomical illustration at the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 25th at the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati. Click here to visit the meeting website and to learn more. Or, click here to Register Now!

curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum is preparing for a future mural on the building:
Curtis Gates Lloyd: Nature's Librarian (2014) by Mary Louise Holt


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Lloyd Library and Museum with mural

Nature's Librarian by Mary Louise HoltThe Lloyd is raising funds for a future (2016) building mural in conjunction with ArtWorks. Described as one of the most nondescript and invisible buildings downtown, the Lloyd is working to increase its visibility, both through vibrant programming and through distinctive art. This painting of Curtis Gates Lloyd, the Lloyd brother who did so much to build this fine institution, has been depicted as part of nature, its caretaker and guardian, in this commissioned piece by Cincinnati-based artist, Mary Louise Holt.

Holt's painting was inspired by a visit to the Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area in Crittenden, Kentucky. She has re-imagined the historic property to what it might have looked like in Lloyd's own lifetime. And, like the Lloyd, the painting inspires viewers to reconnect with the great outdoors and be moved to preserve their own little corner of the world.

Here's your opportunity to put this unique institution on the map and help others know what you already know-the Lloyd is a Cincinnati Treasure not to be missed. (Donor benefits described below)

Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00 - 0.45% of goal met so far.
Help us make this happen!

Donor Benefits

Flora Level - $50.00-499.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help, a Lloyd Friends membership with invitations to exclusive Lloyd events AND your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store

Fauna Level - $500.00-1,499.00 - All of the above PLUS a behind the scenes private tour of the Library

Fungi Level - $1,500.00-4,999.00 - All of the above PLUS an exclusive donors reception AND a signed, limited edition print (approx 12x18") of the original commissioned painting by Mary Louise Holt

Lloyd Level - $5,000.00 and above - All of the above, but with signed, special limited edition print (approx. 22x28) of the original painting by Mary Louise Holt, AND your name on donor's plaque for the mural.


curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum is raising funds to install the SpiceRack - an ArtWorks bike rack project.

SpiceRack design by Brenda TarbellThe Lloyd Library is helping to promote the use of bicycles as transportation by providing SpiceRack - a place to park your bike. We have partnered with ArtWorks and the artistic duo of Brenda and David Tarbell - a stellar mother and son team, to produce the Art Rack.

The Lloyd is conveniently located near City Hall and at the end of the new bike lanes on Central Parkway, so this is the optimal place to park your bike for access to all of downtown!

Blackwell's depiction of nutmeg and maceWhat is the SpiceRack? It's a bike rack, first and foremost, designed to hold from 6-8 bicycles. Second, it's a look at the natural world through the eyes of an artist. You might buy jars of spices to cook with, but do you know what the spice plants look like?  Some of them are even medicinal. So, here's a chance to be green and learn something about greens!  Park your bike and drop in to see one of Cincinnati's hidden gems!

Right now, we've approved a design (model above right) and are raising funds to help make this happen. Brenda Tarbell has done the design based on research in the Lloyd's collections and particularly was taken with the shape and feel of the spice Mace (the webby covering of the nutmeg) from Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal (1739 - image section seen at left), and even a casual observer can see the connection between the mace/nutmeg form and Tarbell's final design.

Fundraising goal: $7,500.00 - 47.3% of goal met so far. Help our percentage number grow!
(If 75 people each gave $100.00, we would reach our goal in no time!)


Donor Benefits

Clove Level: $5.00-99.00 - Our sincere thanks for your help and your choice of a mug, bag, or notecards from our store.

Saffron Level: $100.00-499.00 - The above, PLUS invites to exclusive Lloyd events and a one-year Friends' Membership

Pepper Level: $500-999.00 - Clove and Saffron benefits, PLUS a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lloyd

Fennel Level: $1,000.00-2,499.00 - Clove, Saffron, and Pepper benefits, PLUS one free registration to one of our great botany walks (date and place TBD)

Cinnamon-Level: $2,500.00 or more - All of the above, PLUS, Name on Bronze Plaque on the front of the building (917 Plum Street, Cincinnati, 45202)

curtis red button Tarot Card Decks Still Available

tarot card backside artYou might have missed the release party, but you don't have to miss the cards! We have decks signed by Ken Henson, the art restorier and card back designer. Signed cards are available exclusively at the Lloyd.

Get yours now! Makes a great gift for the holidays! Only $40.00. Part of the proceeds goes to help support the mission of the Lloyd.




curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum Announces New Board Member, Dr.Valerie Pence

Dr. Valerie PenceThe Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Pence to its Board of Directors. Pence is the Director of Plant Research at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Pence conducts research in plant propagation and cryopreservation and supervises all the plant research conducted at CREW. Receiving her degrees from Mount Holyoke (B.S.) and Northwestern University (M.S. and Ph.D.), she completed post-doctoral work at Purdue University before joining the University of Cincinnati's Biological Sciences department. In 1986, Pence established the Plant Research Division and CREW. Since that time, she has received numerous awards for her work in plant conservation, as well as several grants that have helped fund her important work.

Pence was nominated by current Lloyd Board Member, Dr. Meg Riestenberg, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at the Mount St. Joseph University. In her nomination, Riestenberg commented on Pence's suitability for the Lloyd Board: "Dr. Pence is world-renowned for her research in plant preservation, and has received awards and grants from national and state conservation organizations." Upon election to the board, Pence said of her appointment: "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Board and to learn more about the Lloyd Library and Museum, an institution that I've admired for many years." This promises to be a fruitful and productive board addition for the Lloyd.

Pence joins eight other board members, Heather E. Curless (owner of Greener Stock), Todd A. Felthaus (President of the Board and PNC Wealth Mgmt. Advisor), John S. Haller, Jr. (Prof. Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Matthew Hoffman (Vice President of the Board and 5/3 Bank Senior Client Consultant), A. Douglas Kinghorn (The Ohio State University, Natural Products Chemistry), Donna McMillan (Proctor & Gamble, Human Safety Toxicologist), Nicholas P. Money (Miami University, Prof. of Botany and Western Program Director), and Meg Riestenberg (see above). The Board members of the Lloyd serve on various committees, helping select the Lloyd Fellowship recipients, overseeing annual budget decisions, and generally promoting this world-class scientific Library to the academic and public communities.

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curtis red button Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship Awardees Announced for 2014-15 Awards Cycle

Following the completion of a successful first year of Fellowships, the Lloyd Library and Museum was pleased to offer a new round of Fellowships for the 2014/15 Academic Year. This endeavor serves to highlight Cincinnati as a destination for research, because this locally little-known library has patrons from around the world and holds materials that are not often available elsewhere, either in the United States or beyond, that are invaluable in reconstructing our American past, in inspiring new artistic works, and forwarding downtown Cincinnati’s mission to provide cultural enrichment for Cincinnatians and the world.

The Library received many qualified applications for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Fellowship on a variety of fascinating topics.  From this pool of proposals, three were selected as being particularly worthy by submitting proposals that make excellent use of the Lloyd's varied collections both from academic and artistic aspects.  Recipients are both locally and nationally based, working on a wide-range of projects:

Artemisia.jpgAbby Artemisia, Botanist, University of Miami graduate (2013): Artemisia will be examining the Elizabeth Brockschlager archival collection, creating a database of plants listed by Brockschlager, a botanist and consultant for the creation of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County, Ohio, from her trips to Adams County. Artemisia will then visit Edge of Appalachia on several occasions and compare the ca 1970s lists with what is there now to assess environmental health and development of the area. A database of her work will be available through the Lloyd.

AllisonRaeSmith.JPGAllison Rae Smith, MFA Candidate, University of Cincinnati: Smith will be researching the depiction of historic "Wunderkammer,"or curiosity cabinets that individuals would use to display what were considered especially exotic objects and which were most popular in the 16th century in Europe. Using the Lloyd's vast historic scientific literature, Smith will then produce her own series of Wunderkammer, which will then be on display at the Lloyd as part of an art exhibition based on Smith's research.


White_Sasha_02.jpgSasha M. White, Artist, Eugene Oregon: In 2008, White completed an internship at the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary in Miegs County, Ohio, getting her first real introduction to Appalachian medicinal plants. At that time she also learned of an odd botanical relationship between Appalachian plants and similar plants in Eastern Asia. White will be studying these two separate, but related, ecosystems, and then create a handmade artists' book documenting, in an artistic way, that research, and exploring how these two disparate ecosystems are seemingly so related.

Fellows will be expected to deliver a brief lecture concerning their findings. Artists will also be expected to exhibit their artistic works resulting from this research. Dates and times will be announced at a later time.

For more complete bios and descriptions of proposed Fellowship projects, click here.

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Learning and Service Scholarships Available at the Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce the availability of a Learning and Service Scholarship. Graduate students in library science and graduate and senior level students in history are eligible. The award is $500 per term and requires 15 hours per month of service (for the duration of the term) during which time recipients will receive hands-on training and experience in areas of either library or archives practice and theory in a special library setting. To read more about this opportunity and how to apply, download this informational flyer.

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