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curtis red buttonUpcoming Events

Pre-Black Friday Tarot Deck Release Party with Ken Henson. Registration is required so we can get an accurate head-count. November 21, 2014, 7-9 p.m.
Abloom in the Desert Exhibition Opening, with photography exhibit by Joel Quimby January 24, 2015
New Catesby Book Release Party April 19, 2015
Medical Improvements in the Civil War, by Dr. James Ramage, and Medical Illustration exhibit opening May 9, 2015
A Visit from John Uri Lloyd and unveiling of gift to the Lloyd from the Lloyd Family June 5, 2015

curtis red button Lloyd Library and Museum is raising funds to install the SpiceRack - an ArtWorks bikerack 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. 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. 0% of goal met so far. Help our percentage number grow!


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 Release Party - November 21, 2014, 7-9 pm
Card Signing and Meet and Greet with the Artist who restored the deck, Ken Henson and
a local Tarot Card Expert, Ron Decker.

tarot card backside artThe Lloyd Library and Museum is pleased to announce its next exciting event, a Tarot Deck Release Party. This is the deck originally produced in 1929 by John Augustus Knapp and Manly P. Hall. In 2013, Ken Henson was engaged by the Philosophical Research Society to restore the deck, as well as create a new card back to fit modern tastes. This was an appropriate choice, as Henson is one of the foremost experts on J.A. Knapp, a regional native who also taught at the Art Academy, where Henson is now a professor. Ron Decker, who will be presenting alongside Henson, worked for many years at U.S. Playing Card, and is an expert on the history of playing cards, and tarot especially.

Join us on November 21, 2014, 7-9 pm to hear about Henson's work on restoring the deck as well as Decker's vast experience with playing and tarot card decks. PLUS, tarot reader will be on hand.


The Decks will be available for sale! Get yours at the Lloyd and get it signed by the artist! Makes a GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT for that special someone in your life.

Registration is now CLOSED for this event.

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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curtis red button Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship Application for 2015/16 Now Available

The application instructions for the Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship are now available. The Fellowship, which can last from 1 to 3 months, provides funds for researchers to conduct research at the Lloyd in any of its wide topic areas, including but not limited to: Medicinal Botany, Organic/Botanical Chemistry, Natural History, Early Travel and Exploration, Ethnobotany, History of Science/Medicine/Pharmacy, Visual Arts, and Cultural/Ethnic/Social History. The Fellowship stipend is for $2,500.00/month for the duration of the Fellowship. To read the list of full application requirements, download the announcement.

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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