New Vonnegut Museum Site Opens During Banned Books Week

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library has finally secured a permanent home in Indianapolis, Indiana thanks to funds from donations. The new location at 543 Indiana Avenue will open on September 22, just in time for the first day of Banned Books Week.

The museum staff and collections have been scattered, but safe, for the last year as the organization waited for the funds to purchase the new site in Indianapolis, according to Atlas Obscura. The museum has been operating out of a storefront gift shop in downtown Indianapolis, and the move will allow staff to consolidate exhibitions and develop a more cohesive visitor experience.

 

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The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library celebrates the life and legacy of author and artist Kurt Vonnegut through carefully crafted displays of the author’s letters, doodles, and possessions, like the blue typewriter Vonnegut used to write many of his most famous novels. The museum supports education through community outreach programs, and hosts book clubs and support groups for veterans.

Together, the library and museum “serve as a cultural and educational resource unique to the nation,” according to the organization’s website.

Banned Books Week isn’t the only anniversary the museum and library is celebrating; Slaughterhouse-Five turned 50 this year. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read; much of Vonnegut’s work has fought censorship due to the author’s obscene language and controversial political views, but none more so than Slaughterhouse-Five, which has been banned, burned, and censored in various ways for various reasons over the course of its published history.

 

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The new Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library embraces Vonnegut’s philosophy on reading and the right to read, and will continue to serve its community with literacy-themed events and campaigns.

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Featured Image Via Atlas Obscura.