Lewis Carroll’s fanciful words of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland welcome visitors on a plaque outside the door of the new Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery at the Roesch Library.
“And what good is a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures and conversation?
“I love this quote so much,” said Kathy Webb, Dean of University Libraries, at the gallery’s Oct. 26 grand opening. “She represents what this space is and can be – a place of art, books and conversations.”
And it is fulfilling that promise. In the gallery’s first three weeks, 1,336 visitors — including UD classes, a team from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, and three visitor vans from Goodwill Easter Seals — viewed its opening exhibit, Undo red line design. At the grand opening, visitors strolled through the spacious first-floor gallery to view the traveling, interactive exhibit that describes the painful legacy of 1930s redlining in Dayton and what the community can do today to dismantle racial segregation.
University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina called the Rose Gallery “a hub for a campus dedicated to learning about humanity, whether from rare books or a redlining exhibit – or a number of future exhibits that will give voice to the deepest questions of our time.”
“It will be a place of shared dialogue,” he told the standing crowd. “It will be a place for curious minds and for lifelong learners. It will be a place of quiet reflection where students, faculty and staff will stop to soak up the exhibits.
“It will be a place of quiet reflection where students, faculty and staff will stop to soak up the exhibits.”
Over the past decade, local philanthropists Stuart and Mimi Rose “have become dear friends and benefactors of UD Libraries and campus,” Webb said, noting that she and her colleagues were “amazed” when they visited Stuart’s world-class library of rare books. .
“We had the opportunity to touch and see a first edition of Galileo, a book signed by Abraham Lincoln, the original typescript of the autobiography of Malcolm X and the galley proofs of Tolkein. the Lord of the Rings trilogy,” Webb recalled. “And these are just a fraction of the rare books and manuscripts in Stuart’s library.”
Since then, the couple have lent 50 of the oldest and most important works in history for a Footprints and Impressions: Milestones of Human Progress exhibition that attracted thousands of people and set the stage for future collaborations. They also donated a number of books, including a 1611 “He” version of the King James Bible, to the library’s growing collection of rare books.
“As Kathy brought teacher after teacher, I saw the love they had for books. I saw how rare books could be used to teach,” said Stuart Rose, one of greatest collectors in the world.” It is a great honor to have my name on this room. You have one of the greatest libraries I have ever seen.”
“You have one of the biggest libraries I have ever seen.”
The University has become the couple’s home, so it’s only fitting that Rose’s name adorns the gallery.
“We are grateful, joyful and very grateful to be part of the University and of your family,” said Mimi Rose.