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Belk Library’s rare books room open to the public on Wednesday afternoons

BOONE—The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collection Room at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons is open to the public Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 31.

Dr. Marjon Ames, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina Wesleyan College, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. to show visitors some of the books in the room. Ames was the Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow of British Studies in 2010-11 and is currently continuing the work of Dr. John Higby in producing a detailed bibliography of the collection. Higby, a retired English professor who worked with the collection for six years, died in December 2012.

The room contains a collection of rare books on British history and a display of unique Victorian page turners, all of which were donated by Bill and Maureen Rhinehart of Melville, N.Y. A native North Carolinian, Bill Rhinehart earned two degrees at Appalachian and was a long-time school principal.

For more information, call Belk Library Special Collections at 828-262-4041.