An Evening with Rare Books

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The MSU Libraries will not be able to hold the annual Rare Wine, Rare Books dinner this year, but we do invite our supporters to gather together for a Zoom event. Join us for An Evening with Rare Books on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

Special Collections staff are pulling together some of the more interesting volumes we have added to the Rare Books collection in the past ten years. Miniature books, Mark Twain first editions, the works of local authors, and fore-edge painted books -- all have contributed to the goal of understanding the history of books and printing.

On Friday, July 24, we will begin the program at 7:00 p.m. and go until 8:00 p.m. Feel free to drop in whenever you have a chance.

In lieu of tickets, donations can be made to the Fraley Family Rare Books Endowment. It is through your support we are able to add books that meet the Missouri State University Libraries goal to document the history of the book, as well as care for the volumes already in Special Collections.

Please contact Anne Baker, Head of Special Collections, with any questions: or 417-836-5428.

*In addition, MSU alumni who make a qualifying gift of $50 or more receive a V.I.B.card - Very Important Bear.

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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your support last year! We could not have gotten through without you :).

Good news this year is the in-person event is back on! Tickets can be found here:

1129 days ago by Alison Harper
Enjoy some wine and cheese with the online rare books event!

We may not have a six-course dinner this year, but our friends at Brown Derby have put together a package deal, described in detail below.

This is not a fundraiser for the endowment, but a chance to enjoy good wine and nibbles. If there are any questions, let Darin know.


Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie from Brown Derby

Enjoy selected wine and cheese pairings from our friends at Brown Derby while we gather for An Evening with Rare Books via Zoom!

Choose from Slyvain Normand Macon, a White Burgundy/Chardonnay


La Ferme du Mont Vacqueyras, a Grenache blend,

paired with cheeses, meats, crackers and crostini for 4 to 6 people.

$60 (plus tax) for one bottle of wine with cheese and charcuterie


$85 (plus tax) for two bottles of wine with cheese and charcuterie (for 4 to 6 people).

Please email Darin Link at to place your order by July 21. Your items will be available for pick up on July 24 after 11 am.

Curbside pick-up is available.

Visit for the entire menu!

If you live outside of the immediate area and would like to purchase the selected wines, please contact Darin for questions regarding shipping to your home.

1466 days ago by Anne M. Baker

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