Learn about Nebraska’s Ultimate Book Collector at Luncheon

1953 Image of Front Hall at Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick's house

“Front hall of the Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick house,” KU Libraries Exhibits, accessed August 28, 2018, https://exhibits.lib.ku.edu/items/show/5830.

The Amazing Library of Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick

by Jim McKee

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Thursday, September 27, 2018
North Platte Public Library

Jim McKee is back to tell the amazing story of the ultimate book collector, Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, a longtime resident of Bethany, was a bibliomaniac. This college professor began with a solid collection of rare books inherited from his illustrious namesake. A lifetime of collecting later, he was living entirely in the kitchen of his house while the rest of the property was packed floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall with books. Only after his death in 1952 was the full extent of his obsession uncovered.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Seating is limited so please call the library at 535-8036, ext. 3301 to reserve a seat.

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