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OK, I'LL DO IT MYSELF
NARRATIVES OF INTREPID WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WILDERNESS
Selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection
of Women in the American Wilderness
ON EXHIBIT AUGUST 23 - NOVEMBER 11, 2018

This exhibition's selection of one hundred and forty-five books, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia by one hundred and one women and one man, dating from 1682 to 2015, reflect the sweep of women's experiences in the American wilderness. They range from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (1705), Maria Sibylla Merian's monumental study of the flora and fauna of Surinam, hand-printed and probably hand-colored by her, to sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley's travel trunk and gloves, and a souvenir envelope with a one-inch red heart through which she shot from a distance of twenty feet.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Library Service at Columbia University, Caroline Schimmel has gathered almost 24,000 narratives and representations of women in the American wilderness—from North Pole to South—over the past forty-five years. The fiction component of her collection, apart from items in this exhibition, was donated to Penn in 2014. She continues to seek and document these known and unknown intrepid women, in both fact and fiction.

And, remember, "Anonymous" is most likely a woman.

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WOMEN'S VOICES FROM AMERICAN FRONTIERS
EXHIBITION OPENING AND CONFERENCE: SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2018


Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

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ZORA RETURNS TO HARLEM
ONE-WOMAN PERFORMANCE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, at 7:30-9:00PM


Anneberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

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Cowgirls Wrangling Steer. Caroline F. Schimmel Collection, New York;

The ninety-six page, full-color, revised, second edition of the exhibition catalogue is
available for purchase here
Kamin and Goldstein Family Galleries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first and sixth floors
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, Wednesdays, 9am-8pm Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)