I'm away from the Dittrick but didn't want the 12th to pass without marking the birthday of Charles Darwin (and Abe Lincoln, and me, too). We've seen celebrations this past year of the anniversaries of Darwin's birth (200th) and the appearance of the On the origin of species (1859). On campus here at Case these endeavors have been coordinated through the Institute for the Science of Origins.
The Dittrick has played a part in exhibitions and events, most notably because of our exceptionally strong holdings in Darwiniana assembled by Dr. Robert Stecher, Cleveland rheumatologist and bibliophile. The Stecher collection includes a comprehensive collection of Darwin imprints, as well as 180 letters of Charles Darwin correspondence. See our website for details.
More of my curator's Paris travel blog next week...