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Schmidt Robert Frost Collection

A rare collection of limited editions

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation acquired a rare collection of works by the 20th century American poet Robert Frost, as a combined purchase and gift from Joan Christopherson Schmidt. The Foundation is accepting gifts to support a fund to maintain the collection. The collection contains approximately 44 books authored by Frost, including several that have been signed and inscribed by the poet, dozens of books about Frost, and manuscript materials containing hand-written poetry, Christmas cards and pamphlets.

The Frost Collection was made available to the university by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through Joan Christopherson Schmidt, the wife of the late Frederick Schmidt, a long-time friend of Frost and Wisconsin native. After his passing in 2005 at age 81, Joan Schmidt felt it was important for her husband's collection to remain intact and stay in Wisconsin, and so, through a series of connections in the area, the collection found a home at UW-Eau Claire. Read the full story of the Frost Collection at UW-Eau Claire.

Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry

Each year, in celebration of the Frost Collection, UW-Eau Claire hosts the Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry. The event, which is free and open to the public, features individuals from the campus and community who read poems on a selected theme.

Tuesday, May 10 | 4:00 p.m.
Chippewa River Terrace

This year's selected theme, "Rejuvenation," speaks to the refreshing emergence of spring, new beginnings, and hope for a continuing trend of moving beyond the pandemic. 

Following the poetry reading, guests are invited to the McIntyre Library for a reception. Socialize, explore new spaces in the library, and learn about the resources provided through support from the McIntyre Value Partners (MVPs).

Thanks to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, English department, McIntyre Library, and Alumni Association for their annual support of this treasured event.

The Chippewa River Terrace, which is located along Garfield Avenue at the Chippewa River near Vicki Lord Larson Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Flesch Family Welcome Center Chippewa River Room.

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