Exhibits - On View & Past

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Free exhibits currently On View at the library and at the Coronado Community Center (C3) Gallery.


Major Morris

…as he saw it…
Photos by Major Morris

educator/photographer from the US northeast in the 1960s

During his long life of 95 years, Major Morris was a photographer, a World War II veteran, a college professor, a Harvard University graduate and a champion of education.

Major Morris grew up in Cincinnati's poverty-stricken West End during the Great Depression. He dropped out of high school at 15 to help support his family after his grandmother’s death. Morris served in the Po Valley of Northern Italy in the segregated US Army during WWII.  After the war he worked several menial positions while trying to continue to educate himself at night school, among others at MIT.  He was accepted to Harvard University at the age of 55 and got his master’s degree in 1976. During his working life and time at Harvard he supplemented his income as a freelance photographer. Morris went on to become a college administrator and professor teaching education and was a lifelong champion of nurturing children’s dreams of a better future regardless of their circumstances. Major Morris died in 2016.

 the Gallery

Click here to learn more about Major Morris.

On View Until: March 5, 2022
Library Exhibit Gallery

Tom Rice World War II: Portraits of Honor 
Photos by Jeffery Rease

Coronado's Tom Rice is one of the veterans featured in the 'World War II Portraits of Honor' project, a celebration of the Greatest Generation which aims to capture the images and stories of veterans of the second world war.

View the Gallery

Click here to see the full collection from the photographer Jeffery Rease. 

On View: Now
Library Reference Area

Spreckels The Library: Art, Architecture and Artifacts
Coronado Public Library Historical Archives

Open since February 2020 (i.e. pre-pandemic) to commemorate the Coronado Public Library's 130th Anniversary, this exhibit features historic photographs and memorabilia that tell the story of the library's history, from its inception in 1890 to present day. Notable artifacts include the handwritten Library Constitution, photos of the original Coronado Beach Library, and architectural drawings from different expansions and renovations that took place over the years. 

On View: Now - Labor Day
Coronado Community Center (C3) Gallery


Past exhibits have included World War II in Words and Pictures; Designed by Edith Head; the Art of Folk Costume; and L. Frank Baum and the Hotel del Coronado.  A large diorama case at the entrance to the Children's Library features displays as diverse as the "Holiday Animated Window" and the "Old General Store".

To view the Past Exhibits gallery, go here.

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