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Halloween Pop-Up: The Life of James Allen

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested
Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10)

Halloween Pop-Up: The Life of James Allen

Celebrate Halloween at the Athenæum with a peek into special collections. Join Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections John Buchtel to learn about the sensational story of the life of James Allen, from his life of crime to his request to have his memoir bound in his own skin. 

The anthropodermic binding of Narrative of the Life of James Allen will be on view during this presentation. To help ensure the long-term preservation of this item, it will not be available for viewing or research appointments outside this event. View it online to read the full text.

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