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  • Houghton Library invites Harvard undergraduates to work with our collections this summer (2015), supported by an inaugural Harvard Undergraduate Fellowship. View more information.
  • From January 12 – May 2, 2015, Starry Messengers: Signs and Science from the Skies, Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library. Throughout the ages, we have looked to the night sky in a search for meaning. Comets, meteors, eclipses, and other celestial events have been used by scientists to better understand the physical universe, by sages to predict the future, and by writers seeking inspiration. Starry Messengers brings together books and manuscripts from Houghton's collections that demonstrate how these events were understood in the early modern world.
    Important Update: Due to inclement weather, the exhibition's opening reception, originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, has been temporarily postponed. Please check back for rescheduling updates in the coming days.
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