Pinsteps. Widener Library, Harvard, Cambridge
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The Widener Library at Harvard is the second largest library in the United States. It is named after the famous bibliophile Harry Elkins Widener. Harry's mother, Eleanor, donated the building in 1915. Harry was a renowned collector of rare books. His collection included Shakespeare's tomes and the Gutenberg Bible. Harry felt his love for books while studying at Harvard. In 1912, he travelled to England to purchase rare books, including the second edition of Essays of Bacon, edited in 1598. On his return from this journey, he drowned in the cold waters of the Atlantic. He died on the Titanic. His mother survived. She bequeathed Harry's library to Harvard University but claimed one condition: the original building donated to the library would never be changed. The development of the library challenged the engineers with the task of expanding the facility. Finally, they constructed a 10-storey underground library.

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Harvard, Cambridge and Watertown.

This short walk through Harvard and Cambridge will introduce us to some of the most iconic sites of a renowned world university. First, we learn how the student fraternity introduced a unit of measurement equal to the height of the director of the Institute of Standards. Next, we will visit the most famous bookstore. Next, we will learn how the fate of the ancient tomes and the death of the Titanic are connected. Finally, let's touch on the history of creating a sewing machine and a telephone and end the trip in the town of Watertown - one of the first colonies of New England, notorious for the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon.

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