Monday, June 24, 2013

University of Virginia

Anna will be a junior in high school this fall.  So while we were in Virginia, we decided to visit some colleges/universities so she could start getting an idea of what she might like in choosing a school.

One of the places we visited was the University of Virginia.  It was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson.  Of course, there were old historic buildings.  What we saw of the campus was very nice.

We went into the rotunda building.  

Here's Anna with Mr. Jefferson . . .

. . . and in the lecture hall.

On the upper level they had a display of old books.  They were ordered by dates and descriptions were given of the typical characteristics of books from that time.

They were all behind glass and therefore, have some reflections on them.  I did not take the time to note the dates of each book.  What I love about the old books are the cover illustrations and the texture on the covers (some of them are embossed, stamped or have cloth covers).

With our electronic readers, we just don't get the tactile pleasure of holding the physical book.  But we do save some trees.  I guess there is always a trade off.

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