We regret to inform you that ARLIS/NA will not be holding its 48th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO because of the serious health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tuesday, April 21 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Peter H. Raven Library at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Tour the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Peter H. Raven Library with director Doug Holland. The tour will include the general collection, special collections, herbarium, and conservation lab.

The Library includes more than 250,000 items! And the collections contain more than books. Botanical artwork, field books, photographs, as well as modern and historical maps are but a few of the other objects housed in the Garden's Library. The Library's collections of modern to centuries-old botanical literature are essential for scientists who name and describe plants. While the collections focus on plant names and descriptions, the Library is also rich in other subjects such as the study of edible and medicinal plants, the art of botanical illustration, and the history of scientific exploration.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Herbarium is one of the world’s outstanding research resources for specimens and information on bryophytes and vascular plants. The collection is limited to these two major groups of plants. As of 2020 the collection has nearly 7 million specimens.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. For over 158 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.

Maximum participants: 23

Fee: $50

Accessibility: Walking through library spaces and labs.

Transportation: Bus from the conference hotel. Meet the tour volunteer by the front desk 15 minutes prior to start.

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Jennifer Akins

Washington University in St. Louis
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Andrea Degener

Visual Materials Processing Archivist, Washington University in St. Louis

Keli Rylance

Tours & Transportation Coordinator


Tuesday April 21, 2020 1:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110