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Online Exhibits

West Point and The Civil War

In response to the prevailing issues of systemic racism in America, the USMA Library collaborated with the West Point Museum to develop this exhibit, “West Point and The Civil War.” Using material in our Archives and Special Collections and from the West Point Museum collections, the exhibit provides a West Point perspective on the year leading up to the outbreak of the war, selected elements of the war itself, and the first year of reconstruction.

Building West Point: Images of a Changing Landscape

This virtual exhibition highlights construction photos from 1870 onward in the collections of the USMA Library Archives and Special Collections and the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Photos range from 1870 to the present.

Cadet Letters Home: The academic experience, featuring Physics 

This online exhibit highlights primary source material about physics from the Archives and Special Collections of the USMA Library.  

HERstory Art Quilt Exhibit

In celebration of National Women's History Month and the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, the Library presented a virtual gallery tour featuring twenty-six of the 108 quilts in the traveling exhibit, HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women. These mixed-media fiber art pieces celebrate extraordinary women who cracked glass ceilings, made important discoveries, or shook the world by breaking into fields dominated by men. The quilt titled, "Triumph" was created by USMA Reference Librarian Laura Mosher. We hope you enjoy the virtual Gallery Talk by Curator Susanne Miller Jones.


Online Book Displays

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 

On display: February 3 - April 1, 2021

In support of the HI105/155 Immigration & Ethnicity module, the USMA Library presented “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.” The exhibit celebrates the impact and achievements of migrant farmworkers by enabling cadets, faculty, and staff to learn more about the stories behind the Braceros. Facing labor shortages on the home front during World War II, the United States initiated a series of agreements with Mexico to recruit guest workers for American farms and railroads. The Emergency Farm Labor Program, more familiarly known as the Bracero Program, enabled approximately 2 million Mexicans to enter the United States. While the work was often grueling, the program offered participants economic opportunity. The contributions made by these laborers have had a significant impact on the political, economic, and social climate of both the United States and Mexico. This six-panel poster exhibit was organized by the National Museum of American History with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits Service and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Although this exhibit is complete, to learn more, look at our selection of additional resources in this online book exhibit

Black History Month

On display: February 2022

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time to recognize the positive impact they've had on the history of the United States. Black people have fought in every United States war, from the Revolutionary War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ninety African Americans have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Yet, throughout most of American history, Black service members were placed in segregated units. Desegregation didn't occur until Jan. 26, 1948, when President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981 directing the armed services to integrate. The Department of Defense has more information on notable dates in history.

Learn more by looking at our selection of additional resources in this online book exhibit!

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