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The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collection Room at Appalachian State University's Belk Library and Information Commons is open to the public Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. through July 31.
Dr. Marjon Ames, an assistant professor of history at North Carolina Wesleyan College, will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. to show visitors some of the more interesting books in the room. Ames was the Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow of British Studies in 2010-2011 and is currently continuing the work of Dr. John Higby on producing a detailed bibliography of the collection. Higby, a retired English professor who worked with the collection for six years, died in December.
The room contains an outstanding collection of rare books on British history and new exhibit about the Rye House Plot of 1683, as well as 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 earned two degrees at Appalachian and was a long-time school principal.
For more information. call Belk Library Special Collections at 828-262-4041.