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Originally published: 2013-06-12 17:17:41
Last modified: 2013-06-12 17:18:26

ASU's Belk Library's rare books room open Wednesdays

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

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 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 longtime school principal.

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