Current exhibit in the Sterling Morton Library:
Plant Hunters explores the practice and history of plant exploration and collecting. This exhibit features artifacts from the Library's Special Collections and allows visitors to explore the history of plant hunting as well as the modern plant hunting and conservation efforts of scientists right here at The Morton Arboretum.
Library exhibits are free with Arboretum admission!
Tales and Treasures
PREVIOUS EXHIBIT - ended September 13, 2014
In 2013, the Sterling Morton Library turned 50! To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, Tales and Treasures showcasesd 50 rare and unique objects from our collections, each with a special story to tell. Displays of rarely seen objects, interactive games, and a library-wide scavenger hunt engaged visitors of all ages in the rich legacy of the Sterling Morton Library. After exploring, visitors were invited to imagine what the next 50 years might hold for this and other libraries!
Listen to and watch the tales of four special treasures previously on display in our exhibit! learn more
World's Fair Gardens
PREVIOUS EXHIBIT - ended March 2013
We often remember World's Fairs for their iconic exhibits and architecture. More importantly perhaps, and certainly more enduring, are the green spaces underfoot. World's Fairs not only shaped landscape design in the United States, but also introduced significant innovations in horticulture. This exhibit was based on the book, World's Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes by Cathy Jean Maloney, and used artifacts from the author's personal collection to tell this story.
Check our online catalog to see if this book is available to check out at the Sterling Morton Library!