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The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s Traveling Exhibit

Interactive traveling exhibition shares archived videos, photos of Kurt Vonnegut and replica of famous IBM Selectric Typewriter

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s traveling exhibit will be at the Shelby County Public Library from May 29 – June 13 to display the life, legacy and works of the author known for Slaughterhouse-Five and more than 20 sometimes-controversial novels and story collections.

The traveling exhibit is a portable extension of the nation’s only venue devoted to Vonnegut, an Indiana native and one of the 20th century’s greatest writers. The exhibit comes equipped with seven explanatory visual displays, two interactive iPad kiosks loaded with archived digital transcripts, photographs and video of Vonnegut, a Purple Heart and the typewriter that he used to write all his works.

The Indianapolis-based Vonnegut Library partnered with Ball State University to create the traveling exhibition. Five teams of students and faculty digitally archived manuscripts, created an oral history of video interviews about Vonnegut, established a new line of merchandise, conducted a comprehensive marketing survey and crafted the traveling exhibit. 

Vonnegut’s books, especially Slaughterhouse-Five, are at times still banned by schools and libraries. 


About the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library:

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut. The library seeks to engage people in the written word – especially their own. The library is open daily, except Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and is closed on all major holidays. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.,