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Library selected as site for famous historical images

Date: 7/7/2009

By Katelyn Gendron

Reminder Assistant Editor

AGAWAM -- Provocative images throughout history such as Malcolm Browne's "Burning Monk" in 1963 and the Air Force's "Mushroom Cloud" over Nagasaki in 1945 have captured the world's attention through photography's universal language.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided over 56,000 schools and libraries throughout the country with such memorable portraits of the nation's astounding history. The Agawam Public Library has been named one of the recipients of "Picturing America," currently on display in its gallery.

"America has a remarkable story, filled with riveting chapters and extraordinary heroes. 'Picturing America' brings this story to life through 40 compelling images," Bruce Cole, former NEH Chairman, said. "The Endowment is awarding this tremendous resource to over 29,000 additional schools and public libraries, so that students and citizens of all ages can gain a deeper understanding of American history in a direct and engaging new way."

Judith Clini, director of the Agawam Public Library, noted that the library has received 40 images of various mediums including portraits, paintings and Native American pottery with vivid descriptions, which allow viewers a glimpse into the past.

She noted the library received a reproduction of Grant Wood's painting "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" as well as John James Audubon's "American Flamingo," among others.

"['Picturing America'] helps to reacquaint our patrons with some of the great historical events [and artwork] in U.S. history," Clini said.

The "Picturing America" exhibit will be on display at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., during regular hours of operation, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information about Picturing America, visit