Current 2017 Season:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016: Presentation of George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882) and His Collection of Books on the History of Engraving by Helena Wright, Curator of Graphic Arts, Smithsonian Institution (*rescheduled from September 14th).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Tour of the Will & Jane exhibition at the Folger Library with Georgianna Ziegler.

Friday, November 4, 2016: As Simple as ABC: A one-day open house exhibition of more than 100 alphabet books from the Library of Congress’ rare book collection, including children’s alphabet books from many countries, early American primers, fine press and artists’ books, early printers’ specimen books, and Renaissance ABCs, will be on display in this beautiful tabletop exhibition. Curators will be on hand to discuss the books with us.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Tour of the Jefferson Building with John Y. Cole, Historian of the Library of Congress

Thursday, February 9, 2017: Curator-led tour of The Art of the Qu’ran at the Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Gallery.

Monday, March 13, 2017: Roundtable at the Smithsonian Libraries: “Will Work for Books”

April 2017: The David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection at George Mason University

May/June 2017: End of season lunch at Ft. McNair with a talk by Ronald Smeltzer: Emilie Du Châtelet (1706–1749): Scientific Publications, Love Affairs, Conflicts with the French Academy … the Tragic Ending.


Past Season (2016):

September 15, 2016: A curator-led tour & reception “Fantastic Worlds: Science & Fiction, 1780-1910.”

October 30, 2016: Visit with Brian Cassidy, Bookseller.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015: Folger Library Tour – Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare’s Britain.

Thursday, January 14, 2016: Tour of highlights from the Rosa Parks Archive in the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016: Smithsonian Libraries, Natural History Building. Digitization and Rare Books Roundtable: Pixels, paper, and patrons – how is digitization changing our reading rooms and our jobs.

Thursday, March 31, 2016: Evening tour of the renovated Special Collections at Georgetown followed by documentary film O Brother Man, introduced by the film-makers, featuring “Undiscovered Printmaker” Lynd Ward.

Thursday, April 28, 2016: Evening tour of “Alice 150 Years and Counting … The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz” at the University of Maryland Hornbake Library.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016: Tour of the Ft. McNair NDU Library and end of season lunch.