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This exhibition featured some never-before-seen works by Thomas Merton and Robert Lax, devoted friends and world renowned writers. The two met in 1935 at Columbia University, where they wrote for the student humor magazine. Lax, an Olean native, brought Merton to his family's cottage outside Olean, where they spent the summers of 1939 and 1940. After graduating from Columbia, Merton taught English at St. Bonaventure (1940-1941), while Lax went to work for the New Yorker magazine. Merton (1915 – 1968) became a well-known Catholic writer, theologian and mystic, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. Lax (1915 — 2000) taught English at the University of North Carolina, then set off to find a simpler life. After writing for The New Yorker, he was poetry editor at Time magazine, had a stint as a Hollywood scriptwriter, and even traveled with a circus as a juggler. He would eventually land on the Greek island of Patmos, living out the rest of his life writing poetry as he sought a life of simplicity, humility and grace.
A collection of artifacts from members of the 154th Regiment on loan from Mark Dunkleman, regimental historian. The 154th New York was one of hundreds of Union army regiments raised in the North in the summer of 1862 in response to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers. The regiment was gathered from men of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and saw many civil war battles including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Atlanta.
Honoring Visiting Master Barbara Luisi.
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