Eugene Field Library
About the Eugene Field Library
The Eugene Field Library is home to the Gleich Collection, the largest privately-owned collection of Eugene Field’s works. Within it are various volumes of literature written by the beloved Children’s Poet, ranging from first editions to personal manuscripts. The books on display include those published during Eugene’s life, some signed by the author, and many published by his estate. Of note, is the previously unpublished manuscript, Lena and the Old Witch, published in a limited run by the Eugene Field House Foundation in 2000. The library can be utilized for research purpose through appointment only.
Eugene Field Library Book Club
Each month the Eugene Field Library at the Field House Museum will host a book club. The book of the month will pertain to ongoing exhibits within the museum, or to the works of Eugene Field.
Oh, how times have changed! Before our very eyes, the concept of childhood has rapidly transformed with innovations of technology. Long gone are the days when children had only books, toys, and imagination to keep them occupied.
Childhood in Eugene’s Time: A Study Through Literature, showcases how novels and poetry can be utilized to understand the past. By using some of Eugene Field’s poetry, and novels by
other authors of Field’s lifetime, our curator-led exhibit engages discussion about themes of Victorian literature and how childhood is reflected within it. Come explore how different or similar life was for children in the 1800s versus the modern day.
Future Library Exhibits
Eugene and His Works: The Adoration of the Children’s Poet
This exhibit will display the various volumes of Eugene Field’s works through the many publishers who produced his many works.
Christmas: Stories and Poems of the Victorian Era
This exhibit highlights the classic Christmas tale A Visit from St. Nicholas, as well as displaying festive holiday cards. Coming November 2018.
Eugene and Julia: The Love Story of the Fields Part I
This exhibit is a two-part exhibit exploring the love story of Eugene and Julia Field through letters. Part one will focus on the letters between them from courtship to their wedding. Coming February 2019.
Eugene and Julia: The Love Story of the Fields Part II
This exhibit is a two-part exhibit exploring the love story of Eugene and Julia Field through letters. Part two will focus on the letters between them through their marriage until Eugene’s death in 1895. Coming June 2019.
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