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07/19/2021 - 3:50pm

This past year has presented a new challenge for the Mechanics' Institute (MI) Chess Department as well as the general chess community, with over-the-board activities halted due to mandated closures. Nevertheless, despite COVID-19 restrictions for in-person contact and the shelter-in-place order, there was a bright spot: virtual chess. The MI Chess team took this challenge head-on and created online opportunities for chess instruction and competition, as well as social events. ...

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07/07/2021 - 10:35am


Applied Sciences
Chelsea Wald Pipe dreams : the urgent global quest to transform the toilet 696.182 W142

Arts, Architecture & Crafts
Cynthia Saltzman Plunder : Napoleon's theft of Veronese's Feast 759.5 S179
James K McAuleyThe h...

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07/07/2021 - 10:30am


Gina Wilkinson When the apricots bloom
Paul Theroux Under the wave at Waimea
Lina Meruane Nervous system
Casey McQuiston One last stop
Claire Fuller...

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07/06/2021 - 3:02pm

It's easy to fall in love with San Francisco. The city is a cornucopia of iconic sights: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fort Point, Coit Tower, and so many other landmarks. With an aura born of Gold Rush history and steeped in mid-20th century turbulence, it's little wonder the City by the Bay has become a visual and atmospheric staple for the film industry. Setting a cinematic mood with such unique locations and memorable views is unparalleled.

A popular choice for filmm...

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06/30/2021 - 9:27am

Americans celebrate Independence Day with many patriotic displays, including parades, fireworks, and civic events. On July 4 we remember the many Americans who sacrificed their lives to make the United States a free country. Many of us will celebrate the holiday with picnics and barbecues, baseball games, family reunions, reading, and other enjoyable activities.

Perhaps you'd like to know more about this momentous holiday. On July 4, 1776, Congress declared that the original...

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06/28/2021 - 12:16pm

Lindsey Tonsager has been on the Mechanics' Institute Board of Trustees since 2016. She is currently the President of the Board of Trustees and previously served as Corporate Secretary and on the Program, Library, Governance, and Audit Committees. An attorney and partner at Covington and Burling LLC, Lindsey co-chairs the firm’s global data privacy and cybersecurity practice.

What attracted you to Mechanics' Institute and what do you enjoy most abo...

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06/24/2021 - 9:24am

Librarian Taryn Edwards has managed the activities for writers at the Mechanics’ Institute for twelve years. One of the writers she works with, Chun Yu, has found the pandemic to be particularly fruitful for her creative endeavors.

Taryn Edwards: Chun, tell me how you found out about the Mechanics’ Institute.


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