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Curator-Led Gallery Talk

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Registration is requested

Members $2 and Visitors $5 with admission ($10)

Curator-Led Gallery Talk

Join John Buchtel, Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections, for a gallery talk on Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library.

Showcasing special collections items such as Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World (1666) and a nine-language Bible (the "London Polyglot," 1657), Required Reading features a contemporary artist's replica of the massive, ark-like bookcase designed in 1883 to house the historic collection. A range of community partners share their own "required reading" lists, expanding and investigating "essential knowledge." Come to be informed, surprised, and intrigued, as well as to reflect on your own indispensable books.

Each tour is limited to 10 participants.

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To request real-time captions for this event, please contact Hannah Weisman at or 617-720-7617 no fewer than four business days prior to the event.