A few weeks ago, while visiting Cornell University for two days, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, in addition to giving the talk I briefly posted about, also bestowed the Icelandic Order of the Falcon upon a librarian I know. Patrick Stevens, curator of the Fiske Icelandic Collection in the Rare and Manuscript Collection of Kroch Library at Cornell, helped me find resources while I conducted research for my honors thesis in history.
Always friendly and offering helpful advice when I came in every day in the summer of 2013 to look at old texts in the RMC reading room, Patrick also read a couple drafts of my work toward the end of my writing process.He found a couple typos that had escaped everyone else’s notice and helped me keep any generalizations about Iceland in check.
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I found out that President Ólafur awarded Patrick the Order of the Falcon for his dedicated service to curating the Icelandic literary and historical collection! This medal has made Patrick a Knight of the Order of the Falcon, making me and Patrick’s colleagues in the Rare and Manuscript Collection very proud of his accomplishments. This new recognition will also benefit the Fiske Icelandic Collection by emphasizing how important it is to continue its upkeep and growth, which has such distinct cultural importance to Iceland and anyone interested in the country.