Rare Books and Manuscripts of Washington, DC

DC Treasures: Rare Books & Manuscripts in three Classic Collections
September 12-15

A first-edition Linnaeus, the first books from Darwin’s voyage, and so much more awaits the bibliophiles and lovers of ideas who partake in this experience. Through their special connections arrangements, Gay Walker ’69, Reed’s special collections librarian and Leslie Overstreet ’71, rare-book librarian at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, will introduce participant to books, prints, and manuscripts in three wonderful collections: the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

We will also go behind the scenes and discuss conservation and collections with rare-book librarians and conservators in this intimate and exclusive opportunity to spend a long weekend immersed in books. Added to that will be visits to the relevant special exhibitions in the city.

Highlights:
• See rare editions of books and manuscripts that changed the way we think about and understand the world.
• Meet the people who work to conserve these rare books and manuscripts.
• Tour public and private collections and special exhibitions with expert guides to assist in the interpretation.
• Discuss the context and meaning of the books viewed.

Cost: $250 per person (includes opening reception, ground transportation, and contributions to conservation funds at participating institutions).

For additional information or to register, contact alumni@reed.edu.

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