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April 2023

WRBG April Event: Tour of the NMAAHC

April 25, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us in-person for a visit to the Library of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE Please join us for the WRBG’s first-ever visit to the library of the Smithsonian’s new(-ish) National Museum of African American History and Culture.   The group will be limited to 15 people, so sign up soon!   One of 21 libraries in the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives system, the National Museum of African American…

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June 2023

WRBG Year-End Meeting

June 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $20

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP (WRBG) Invites you to join us for our annual meeting including a talk by Ryan Zohar, Middle East Studies Librarian at Georgetown University and one of WRBG’s recent Rare Book School Scholarship recipients. When: Wednesday, June 14th , 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Where: Rosenwald Room, Library of Congress (LJ-230, across from the Rare Book Reading Room) Our speaker, Ryan Zohar, is Middle East Studies Liaison & Reference Librarian at Georgetown University. He holds a BA…

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September 2023

WRBG September In-Person Event

September 20, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for the first in-person lecture of the 2023/24 season: Books Go to War: Armed Services Editions By Abby Yochelson The Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were an outstanding achievement of the Army Library Service during World War II. Guided by an organization of publishers, booksellers, authors, and librarians known as the Council on Books in Wartime, this publishing effort produced, from 1943 to 1947, over 122 million paperbacks for free distribution to U.S.…

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October 2023

WRBG October In-Person Event

October 24, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for A tour of the Nature of the Book exhibition of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives in the National Museum of Natural History (10th and Constitution Avenue, NW). The Nature of the Book explores the craft, innovation, and ingenuity of the handmade book of centuries past. It tells a story of both local resourcefulness and global influence—from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa—that was essential to the Western book as we…

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November 2023

WRBG November In-Person Event

November 9, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for A tour of the George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon with Dana Stefanelli The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon is a resource for scholars, students, and all those interested in George Washington, colonial America, and the Revolutionary and founding eras. Tour the special collections of the George Washington Presidential Library with the Curator of Special Collections, who will discuss books George Washington’s acquired during his life and…

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January 2024

WRBG January Virtual Event: The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Happy New Year WRBG! Hello all, We hope you’ve had a safe and happy holiday season, and we welcome you back for a new year of programming with the Washington Rare Book Group. As mentioned in our holiday letter, the January event is going to continue our newest tradition, the WRBG book discussion. This year, we will look at The Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Jonathan Senchyne. Publisher’s Description: The true scale of paper production…

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March 2024

WRBG March In-Person Event: A Tour of the Semitics/ICOR Library at Catholic University

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20064 United States
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The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for A Tour of the Semitics/ICOR Library at Catholic University The Semitics/ICOR Library at the Catholic University supports the research and teaching of the university's Department of Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures and its Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR). The library holdings reflect the twofold interests of the department: the languages and thought of the Bible and the Ancient Near East; and the languages, literatures, and history of the…

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WRBG March In-Person Event: A Visit to the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum with Tracy Meserve

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Arthur D. Jenkins Library, 701 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for A Visit to the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum with Tracy Meserve The Arthur D. Jenkins Library is the non-circulating textile arts library of The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. In support of the work of the museum, the library’s mission is to foster and facilitate the creation of textile arts knowledge by collecting and making accessible resources on the cultural, social, political, technical, and…

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April 2024

WRBG April In-Person Event: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Renovated Folger Library

April 24
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E Capitol St SE
Washinton, DC 20003
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Free

The Washington Rare Book Group invites you to join us for A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Renovated Folger Shakespeare Library with Michele Silverman and Greg Prickman The Folger Shakespeare Library’s collections, including 15th- through 18th-century rare books and manuscripts, editions of Shakespeare’s plays, materials related to art, performance, and theatrical history through the 20th-century, 19th-century scholarship of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and Shakespeare-related ephemera, all support a wide variety of research and inquiry. After a multi-year renovation project, the Folger Library…

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May 2024

WRBG Annual May Meeting with the Society of the Cincinnati

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free – $32

The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us for a visit to the Society of the Cincinnati and the Group’s annual meeting over lunch, Monday, May 20, 2024: 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. to be held at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC   Our last gathering of the event-year will feature a visit to the library and current exhibition of the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, a stunning “Florentine villa” on embassy row.…

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