To celebrate Santa Barbara Reads, the Santa Barbara Public Library is creating its own Museum of Civilization – a display inspired by the plot of Station Eleven.
In the novel, the Museum of Civilization is a collection of items from contemporary society that have become relics in the post-pandemic world. The characters collect these items to preserve the history of the world as it was (and as they hope it will become again). Station Eleven’s Museum contains everything from credit cards, passports, and cell phones to high heeled shoes and comic books. Our Museum will be filled with items that the Santa Barbara community would collect for such a display.
So, the Library is asking the community: What would you miss?
If you are stumped about what you’d like to contribute, consider Emily St. John Mandel’s answer when asked by NPR what she “would save in an apocalypse.”
“You know, I think I'd want to save a globe. Something that came up for me as I was writing this book was how incredibly local your world would become. But you know, here I am in Philadelphia this afternoon. If I lived in Philadelphia, I would have no idea what was going on. Even in rural Pennsylvania, let alone Asia, you know your world becomes so small so quickly. And I think it would be very easy to lose perspective and think that this was the entire world. So I would want a globe, just to remember that there was a world out there.”
When considering an item to donate to the Museum, please remember:
Please drop off any contributions to the Museum of Civilization at the Central Library during business hours. Items will be collected up until the end of the Kick-Off Event on November 1. Any member of the Library Staff will be happy to assist you.
Questions? Contact Lisa Neubert at LNeubert@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or (805) 564-5605.
Contact: Lisa Neubert, Programming Librarian