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After the Fire: A Pop-Up Discussion on the Burning of Brazil's National Museum

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required
Members only with no fee

After the Fire

A Pop-Up Discussion on the Burning of Brazil's National Museum

Join Stanford Calderwood Director Elizabeth E. Barker, PhD, and other Boston Athenaeum staffers for an open conversation about the early September fire that devastated Brazil's cultural patrimony, destroying an estimated 18 million artifacts collected over two centuries in a matter of hours. What did the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro hold? What were its historical connections to our region, and to the Athenaeum's 19th-century members Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes? How could the recent disaster have occurred? What happens next? All are welcome to consider these and other questions in this drop-in lunchtime session informed by the Athenaeum's collections.

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