Portugal 1910-2010: An Exhibit Commemorating the Centennial of the Portuguese Republic
This Townsend Humanities Lab project is an interactive and digital mirror, or reflection rather, of a physical exhibition that will be on display in UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library Corridor from March 5 to May 21, 2010.
The exhibition commemorates the past one hundred years of Portugal’s most recent history. Drawn primarily from library materials in the Gardner (Main) Stacks’ extraordinary collection of books, journals and official publications, the exhibit also celebrates Portugal’s first centennial as a republic – Europe’s third oldest only to France and Switzerland. As is true of most national histories, much of the scholarship surrounding such an achievement remains accessible only through the vernacular languages of the respective countries, in this case Portuguese, the sixth most spoken language in the world.
After showcasing in the Bancroft Library Corridor, most of the exhibit will travel to the Portuguese Historical Museum in San José. By exhibiting in two different locations (three if you include this THL project), it is our hope that the exhibition will reach those of Portuguese heritage living in California and promote the Library’s unique resources to the broader community of scholars and curious independent learners. We encourage feedback, questions, and discussion.