Hower House director Linda Bussey said that the current exhibit at Hower House is a bit of a departure from the historic mansion's usual concentration on the Victorian era.

The exhibit, Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books, which can be seen through June 14, is a traveling exhibition of handmade books from artists from all over the world, Bussey said.

"I'm really excited about this," Bussey said. "This touring exhibit has gone all over the world. It has been at 45 different places."

Hower House is working with The University of Akron's School of Art. Professor Hui-Chu Ying curated the exhibit.

"Each artist sends me five books," said Ying. She added that the closed or folded books needed to be small -- no more than 4 inches by 5 inches by 1 inch -- but that there was no limit to the materials or techniques that could be used.

Bussey said the exhibit will provide a nice segue into Hower House's summer exhibit, which will highlight children's literature in the Victorian era.

Hower House is open Wednesday through Saturdays from noon to 3:30 p.m., and by appointment for groups. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and $2 for students and children 7 years and older. Children under 6 are free with an adult admission.

Hower House is at 60 Fir Hill in downtown Akron, on The University of Akron Campus. For details, call 330-972-6909 or visit


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