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Libraries exhibit builds a buzz around beekeeping

A new exhibit exploring the relationship between beekeeping and bee culture in the United States is now on display at the Michigan State University Libraries Main Gallery through December 2023.

The exhibit “Building a Buzz: A History of Beekeeping in the United States” stems from the recent donation of Roger A. Hoopingarner’s bee book collection. The former MSU Department of Entomology Professor Emeritus was also a world-renowned apiary expert, and the donation of his materials has expanded the already impressive Bee Book Collection in the MSU Libraries Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections. Curated by Life Sciences Librarian Jodi Coalter, the exhibit showcases materials detailing the importance of beekeeping and bee culture to both MSU and the U.S., including valuable contributions made by Hoopingarner and other MSU beekeepers. Coalter also partnered with the

Outdoor portrait of Hannah Burrack
Hannah Burrack

Department of Entomology in the curation of this exhibit, specifically in showcasing the Hoopingarner collection materials. Also included are examples of how the department is using insects to build community and relationships between students during their time in the department. This year’s cohort is “Team Honey bee,” and the theme for the year is “Teamwork and Collaboration.” 

Department of Entomology Chairperson and EEB core faculty member Hannah Burrack shared her enthusiasm about the collaboration. “We are excited to partner with MSU Libraries to highlight the history of beekeeping in the U.S.,” Burrack said. “It’s particularly meaningful that papers and books from the collection of emeritus faculty member Roger Hoopingarner have been utilized to tell this story. We’re looking forward to welcoming members of the beekeeping community to view the exhibit..."

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