Ohio State Mansfield celebrates Bromfield Anniversary Week
A week of Louis Bromfield-related events, celebrating the 125th anniversary of his birth
The Ohio State University at Mansfield invites the community to join in celebrating Bromfield Anniversary Week, November 13-20. In partnership with the Malabar Farm Foundation, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library and WOSU, the week’s events celebrate the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, renowned conservationist and Mansfield native, Louis Bromfield. Born December 27, 1896, this year marks the 125th anniversary of his birth.
On November 13 and 14, the community is encouraged to kick-off the week by touring Oak Hill Cottage, the focal point of Bromfield’s first novel, The Green Bay Tree and the Big House at Malabar Farm State Park, the place that inspired Bromfield’s dream of sustainable agriculture.
The celebration continues throughout the week, as activities shift to Ohio State Mansfield, home to the Bromfield Library and Information Commons. A public screening of the WOSU documentary, Louis Bromfield: The Man Who Had Everything, takes place in Founders Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16 followed by a virtual discussion at 8:15 p.m. with Anneliese Abbot, author of the soon-to-be published text: Malabar Farm: Louis Bromfield, Friends of the Land, and the Rise of Sustainable Agriculture.
Rarely seen original Bromfield materials from The Ohio State Rare Books and Manuscripts Library will be on display at noon on Wednesday, November 17 in the Bromfield Library and Information Commons. Located inside Conard Hall, the building was originally named Bromfield Hall when it opened in 1976. “The Bromfield Library and Information Commons felt this would be the perfect time to honor its namesake and was delighted to help organize this week of commemorative events,” said Andrea Wittmer, head librarian.
On Thursday, November 18, The Ohio State Mansfield Theatre continues their performances with the staged reading, De Luxe. Written by Bromfield and John Gearon, and presented in cooperation with the Malabar Farm Foundation, this performance takes place at 7 p.m. in Founders Auditorium.
The week’s activities wrap-up on Saturday, November 20 at the Mansfield Richland County Public Library’s Main Library with a 2:30 p.m. showing of Johnny Come Lately, a 1943 film starring James Cagney based on Bromfield’s novel, McLeod’s Folly.
All events are free and open to the public, other than a small charge for house tours. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/bromfield.