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VIRTUAL EVENT: Curator's Choice: Trees!

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is requested
Members and VESP holders: Free | Visitors: $5

Curator's Choice: Trees!

with John Buchtel

Turn the leaves (virtually, of course!) of a selection of books from Special Collections that celebrate the natural beauty of trees and wood with Curator of Rare Books & Head of Special Collections Dr. John Buchtel. From a 1770 study of the cellular structure of wood, to photogravures of the great trees of Africa, to a contemporary artist's book whose depictions of different wood grains are printed from actual specimens of each species under examination, the Athenæum's collections are full of dendrological delectations.
Headshot of John BuchtelJohn Buchtel is Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections at the Boston Athenæum. He previously served as director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University and as curator of rare books in the Sheridan Libraries at The Johns Hopkins University. He earned his Ph.D. in English, with a focus on early modern British literature, at the University of Virginia, while also acting as curator of the teaching collections at Rare Book School. He teaches, lectures, and publishes on the history of books and printing, the history of libraries, book collecting, and literary patronage.
This event is part of ​our three-part series, "Curator's Choice." Join an Athenæum curator for a casual conversation about their current projects and the special collections items that inspire them, spark their curiosity, and generate discussion.
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