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Special Collections Pirate Day Pop Up

Avast Matey! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Started by two friends who for no reason started talking like pirates to each other during a racquetball game, the day has exploded, with celebrations here in the States, New Zealand, and even Uruguay.

While the history of real piracy is, well, not something that should necessarily be celebrated, the founders, John Baur and Mark Summers, explain their reasons for the day: “We…are thinking of movie pirates, the pirates of books, myth and legend. Think Long John Silver in ‘Treasure Island.’”

In other words, today is about myths that have spurred our imaginations for generations and created dreams of high-sea adventures and buried treasure.

Really, it’s a silly holiday, started by two guys who were just having fun. However, we here at Special Collections think life is serious enough, so let’s have one day to be silly together. Arrr, got that matey?


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 11:00am to 2:00pm

University of Iowa Main Library, Learning Commons Group Area D (across from the cafe)
125 West Washington St. Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

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Open House




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Colleen Theisen

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