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May 2021

The Artist at Home: Elizabeth Curren & Camel Leopard Press

May 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime event:   The Artist at Home: Elizabeth Curren & Camel Leopard Press May 12, 2021, 12:00p.m. Elizabeth Curren is a book artist, watercolor painter, writer and teacher with degrees in literature from Boston College and in art from the Corcoran College of Art + Design; she received her MA from the Corcoran’s Art and the Book Program in 2013. Her work explores themes of landscape,…

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June 2021

WRBG Annual Meeting Invitation: Carrie Smith on being a “Librarian over the Rainbow.”

June 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP (WRBG) Invites you to join us for a talk by Carrie Smith, Branch Librarian of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, on being a “Librarian over the Rainbow.” Thursday, June 17th, 2021, at noon, via Zoom. Our speaker, Carrie Smith, has held a variety of interesting positions in research libraries and special collections throughout her career, including managing a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) government documents collection at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central…

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September 2021

Brattle and Beyond: Virtual Presentation by Rare Book Specialist Ken Gloss

September 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

  The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime lecture: Brattle and Beyond: Virtual Presentation by Rare Book Specialist Ken Gloss Wednesday, September 29, 12pm Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will share the story of his historic bookshop, which opened its doors in 1825. Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2021 is the 72nd year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known…

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November 2021

From Wood to Wonder: Block Books in the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection

November 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Monday, November 22, 2021 at noon. A singular feature of fifteenth-century northern European public textual culture, “block books” were crafted from blocks of carved wood stamped onto paper and often hand-colored. Filled with arresting iconography and crudely carved text, these works occupy a distinctive place in history of western reading practices. The Washington Rare Book Group (WRBG) invites you to join Marianna Stell and Stephanie Stillo from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress for…

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January 2022

WRBG January Event: Book Discussion — The Personal Librarian

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime discussion: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Thursday, January 27th at noon via Zoom As mentioned in our holiday letter, the January WRBG event is going to be our first ever book discussion, where we will look at The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray; a fictionalized story of Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan. Publisher’s Description:…

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February 2022

February WRBG Event: Two Darwin-Adjacent Books in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime lecture: Two Darwin-Adjacent Books in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division by Monica Varner Tuesday, February 22, 12pm The Families of Plants, a 1787 English translation of Linneas' Genera Plantarum, was sent by its editor to Benjamin Franklin. Arte de la lengua general del reyno de Chile, a 1765 Spanish-Mapuche dictionary published in Lima, was purchased in 1835 by Captain Robert FitzRoy during a naval expedition.  What do…

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March 2022

WRBG March Virtual Event: Censorship and the Hebrew Book By Dr. Magda Teter and Haim Gottschalk

March 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

 The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lecture: Censorship and the Hebrew Book By Dr. Magda Teter and Haim Gottschalk March 23, 2022, 3:00p.m.**   **Please note corrected event date** This presentation will show different aspects of the censorship of books. We will explore questions of practice, power, materiality, and the cultural and political impact of religious and state censorship. Examples will come from the collections of the Library of Congress and Fordham…

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May 2022

WRBG Year-End Meeting and Lecture on the Armenian Palimpsest Investigation

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Free

 The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our Annual Year-End Meeting and Presentation:   The Armenian Palimpsest Investigation By Dr. Khachik Harutyunyan May 31, 2022, 8:00 p.m. (please note unusual event time!)  Dr. Harutyunyan will be joining us from Armenia to present his latest research on the 10th - 11th century Armenian palimpsest manuscript in the Dibner Library collection (Smithsonian Libraries and Archives). He will introduce briefly the Armenian alphabet, manuscript heritage, and Armenian paleography then will discuss…

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September 2022

WRBG Collector’s Night!

September 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us in-person for a return to our traditional September event: Collector’s Night! For the very first time since the pandemic, the Washington Rare Book Group invites members and friends to join us in-person at the Dibner Library to view and discuss some special materials collected by our very own members. Space is limited! Members can choose from two time slots in order to prevent overcrowding.  Hosted by Lilla Vekerdy, Head of…

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October 2022

To Each Generation its Own: Building and Reimagining the Nation’s Rare Book Collection

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for our next virtual lunchtime lecture: To Each Generation its Own: Building and Reimagining the Nation’s Rare Book Collection By Mark Dimunation Friday, October 28, 12pm   Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America.…

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