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Howard K. Watkins Photo Archive Exhibition & Reception

Howard K. Watkins Photo Archive Exhibition & Reception
June 16, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Howard K. Watkins, Fresno County’s Photo Laureate, and the Henry Madden Library, invite everyone to the opening reception of Watkins' first formal show of 48 of his prized photographs on Tuesday, June 16, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Balcony.

Watkins will also display over 1,200 photos on themed photo boards around the gallery. A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the breadth of his collection of nearly 300,000 photograms will be shown in the adjoining lobby of the gallery during the reception. Join us and learn what is planned for Phase II of his Photo Archive Project Endowment housed in the Library's Special Collections Research Center.

For information or to make reservations, please send an email to Susan Christensen at or call the Library Administrative Office at 559.278.5792.

The exhibition will run from June 17 through August 14, during open hours of the Library, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Check out the display on the Tower of Jewels and Novagems from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the foyer of the Special Collections Research Center on the 4th floor, South Wing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the exposition. In celebration, Don Larson and noted Tower of Jewels and Novagem expert, Jay Stevens, put together a unique exhibit with a handmade backdrop created especially for the case by Stevens.

“The Tower of Jewels was the 435-foot tall centerpiece building … it was liberally decorated with 102,000 Novagems—faceted cut glass “jewels” that hung over the building’s surface … the Novagems were mounted on brass hangers with small mirrors behind them … breezes would make them independently sway, causing the building to shimmer … at night an assortment of 54 searchlights hidden around the tower were pointed towards it, creating a spectacular sparkling impression.” — from by Zoe Heimdal


Future Events

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Friends of the Madden Library

Friday, May 1, in the Madden Library

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.    Reception;               6:30 - 7:30 p.m.      Program

Reservations are required by April 24

RSVP at (enter code Libwater2). For information or assistance, call Sharon at 559.278.5790 or email Parking and admission are free for this event.  Campus maps are available at


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