Vassar Celebrates 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Age of Alice exhibit on view Feb. 12 through mid-June

A rabbit hole. Bizarre physical transformations. Riddles. These are some of the elements of fantasy that define Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice in Wonderland, which turns 150 this year.

To commemorate this anniversary and participate in worldwide celebrations of the book, the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library presents an exhibition, The Age of Alice: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Nonsense in Victorian England. The show features an early printing of Alice as well as an exploration of other works of fantasy from the same period. All of the pieces on display are from Vassar’s children’s book collection.

The Age of Alice opens on Feb. 12. The exhibition will be on view through mid-June and is free and open to the public.

Nearly 40 books are on display in this show, written by a variety of authors and including both famous and lesser-known titles. Where possible, first editions are shown.

For information about accessibility and directions to the campus at 124 Raymond Ave. in Poughkeepsie, visit the Vassar homepage.


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