Browse more than a 100 years of art,
artifacts, curios, and touch the Mesozoic

Over the decades, members, artists, crafters, and patrons have donated talent and “finds” to enrich the experience of Lanier Library.

For example, “Talisman” is a feline abstraction in steel by award- winning artist Mayo Mac Boggs (1942-2014).

The bust of Sidney Lanier, a copy of the original bronze by Ephraim Keyser (1850-1937), was a gift from Sidney Lanier’s daughter-in- law. Mrs. Charles Lanier.

The McIntyre Collection of “Rebekah at the Well” teapots dates from about 1855 to 1925.

The roots of the Dawn Redwood, a Metasequoia tree rising over the Lanier Library parking lot, are in the Mesozoic Era. Until 1944 it was believed extinct until accidentally discovered in China. It took about 25 years from paleontological surprise to ornamental plantings in Polk County. In the late1980s, Charlotte conservationists founded the Treasure Tree Program to increase awareness of irreplaceable trees in North Carolina communities. In 2008, the Pacolet Area Conservancy added the Lanier Library Dawn Redwood to the list of treasures.

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