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*Virtual Event* WRBG RBS Scholarship Report from Recipient Ashleigh D. Coren

September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us for our very first virtual event!

 Hosted by Ashleigh D. Coren, first recipient of the WRBG Rare Book School Scholarship

 September 23, 2020, 12:00p.m.

For the first event of the 20/21 year, WRBG dives into the digital!
We will join Ashleigh D. Coren, WRBG Scholarship recipient, via Zoom to hear about her experience at Rare Book School, where she took The History of Printed Book Illustration in the West with Erin C. Blake. The scholarship is inspired by our desire to attract young members, to support the education of librarians, collectors, educators, and book artists, and to contribute to the bibliographic community. Learn more and consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund here: http://washingtonrarebookgroup.org/donate/


Ms. Coren will talk about why Rare Book School is a great opportunity, yet still has work to do if we consider the present and future of the rare book world and education in the field. Ms. Coren will also explain how her education and experience in special collections lends itself to a career in museums, and will tell us about her current position at the National Portrait Gallery. Finally, Ms. Coren will take us though an exploration of the relationship between illustration and portraiture by walking the group through a slow-looking activity using a portrait from a rare book! There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions and discussion.

Ashleigh D. Coren is the Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator for the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative. At the Smithsonian she works with the public, educators, and other museum professionals to connect audiences with the stories of women in American history. Ashleigh is also a trained librarian and archivist who has worked for West Virginia University and the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the first recipient of the WRBG scholarship to Rare Book School.

The event will begin at 12:00 p.m., but we will open the waiting room 15 minutes early to give everyone time to get settled in before the talk begins.


Even though there is no cost for this event, members must RSVP by September 18th so we can send you an email with login instructions prior to the event.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24- 48 hours in advance of the program.

We hope you will join us for WRBG’s first foray into the digital realm!


Questions? Contact us!


Amanda Zimmerman,

WRBG President



September 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Link will be emailed to registrants prior to event start.


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