Permanent Exhibits


Confederate Money

On Loan from the Collection of Allen Borne

A collection of confederate money and bonds is on display at McKee Library. These original pieces are on loan from the collection of Allen Borne. The items are available for viewing on the library's main floor near the periodicals department. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Deyse Bravo-Rivera.

Mark Twain Cabinet

A Venetian standing cabinet made of carved walnut originally purchased by Mark Twain in Italy in August of 1878 is available for viewing in the library director's office. Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, gifted the cabinet to her Mark Twain Cabinetdistant cousin and sculptor Gladys Lewis Bush, who bequeathed it to her nephew Leland Frederick Cooley. Duane Bietz purchased the cabinet from the Cooley family and subsequently donated it to McKee Library as part of the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection. For more information, please visit the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection page.

Selections from the Mark Twain Collection

A Selection of items from the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection is on permanent display on the library's main floor, across from the director's office. Items include first editions, signed copies, and memorabilia. For more information, please visit the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection page.

Selections from the Thomas Memorial Collection

A selection of items from the Thomas Memorial Collection are on permanent display on the library's main floor, near the periodicals area. The Thomas Memorial Collection includes more than 2,700 volumes as well as authentic photos concerning Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. This display includes a copy of a check signed by Lincoln, a piece of oak from the floor of Lincoln's Springfield law office,Thomas Memorial Collection a gavel made from a tree planted by Lincoln, and a section of his original marble sarcophagus. For more information, please visit the Thomas Memorial Collection page.

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