September 18, 2001

 

�Day of the Dead� Collection Showcased(through Nov. 1)

at the Main Library - Collector Discusses Celebration(Oct. 19)

Rebecca Kelm of Fort Thomas is an associate professor and reference librarian at Northern Kentucky University, but she also has another calling.� She�s a �bone-a-fide� collector of humorous skeleton figures and scenes created for the traditional Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead. Kelm�s collection, consisting of nearly 50 items made from such inexpensive materials as papier-m�ch�, wood, clay, and straw, will be on display in the Atrium of the Main Library from October 3 through All Saints Day and Day of the Dead (celebrated on November 1).� She will also give a free illustrated talk about Day of the Dead on Friday, October 19 at noon in the Main Library Atrium.

 

Kelm�s curious collection began over 20 years ago when she came across a wooden skeleton horn player in a Mexican import shop in Dallas. She has discovered these treasures, including her favorite prize box adorned with a mini wedding scene inside, on trips to Mexico, on the Internet, and at a local shop downtown.

 

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