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Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

URI Library Gallery presents timely exhibit on the spirit of democracy

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. September 27, 2004 About five weeks before Rhode Islanders head to the polls to cast their ballots on local, statewide and national elections, an exhibit at the University of Rhode Island Library will shed light on the right to and process of voting itself.

"Voting and the Spirit of Democracy," curated by Daniel Schofield of Westerly, a retired school teacher and preeminent collector of 18th and 19th century political artifacts, is on display now through election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The display features items from Schofield's personal collection including proxies, ballots, broadsides, pamphlets and other materials from Rhode Island and other states. Visitors will also receive an illustrated pamphlet written by Schofield with a foreword by Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition is in the gallery located on the first floor of the URI Library on the Kingston Campus. The library is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Sarina Wyant, Assistant Archivist, University Library at (401) 874-4632 or