The National Archives has postponed the planned discussion with Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense and Chief of Staff to President Gerald Ford. The discussion had been scheduled for May 22 but will be rescheduled at a later date. Secretary Rumsfeld had planned to discuss “his revealing political memoir, titled When the Center Held,” which offers “a rare and fascinating look behind the closed doors of the Oval Office.”
The National Archives will present Kerry Kennedy in a talk about her book titled Ripples of Hope on June 21. In the book, she writes about the legacy of her father, the former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy. Kerry Kennedy interviewed “dozens of prominent and international figures who have been inspired by Robert Kennedy and his stands for civil rights, education, justice, and peace. Through these interviews, she aims to enlighten people anew about her father’s legacy and bring to life RFK’s values and passions.”
Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, was named Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library in April 2018. In 2016, Prickman planned and led the exhibition of a Folger First Folio at the University of Iowa as part of the Folger's nationwide tour, The First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Before his work at Iowa Libraries, Prickman worked at public, academic, and corporate libraries, including the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Special Collections and Preservation Division of the Chicago Public Library. He has written many articles and book reviews and is a long-standing member of the Caxton Club of Chicago. Prickman was a 1994 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in History and Studio Art with a printmaking focus. His MLS, with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts, is from Indiana University. Folger Director Michael Witmore commented that “Greg Prickman’s deep experience with special collections and ability to lead a talented staff will be a great asset to the Folger for years to come.”
Image below: Photo of Greg Prickman by Jennifer Masada.
The Folger Shakespeare Library will exhibit Form & Function: The Genius of the Book, June 16-September 23.Visitors can “discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel.” The exhibition will explore “the key parts of a book and find out the many ways they can be combined. View the hidden details revealed by ultraviolet, infrared, transmitted, and raking light. And examine the small elements that a microscope can expose, including the fine touches of a richly embroidered 17th-century binding.” Visitors can touch and feel some of the materials used in books, including leather, fabric, and parchment, and see an early bookbinder's tools & a conservator's modern equipment. The exhibition is curated by Renate Mesmer, the Folger's head of conservation.
Image below:Historic books in the Library’s collection
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare, thru June 3.The exhibition, which was curated by Caroline Duroselle-Melish, the Folger's curator of early modern books and prints, includes more than 80 illustrated books and prints from the Folger collection - from the 15th to 18th centuries. Many of the books have rarely been displayed before. Video and period illustrations show how images were made and printed. “Astoundingly, Beyond Words even includes the woodcut and copper plates from which two of the prints were produced.” Beyond Words includes works by many European artists and has an especially strong Dutch presence, reflecting the publishing role of Amsterdam and Antwerp. Beyond Words also has two works by the Flemish engraver Martin Droeshout, including his portrait of Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio—one of the best-known book illustrations of the early modern age.
Image below: The postcard for Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare.
The Mansion at Strathmore’s Artists in Fiction Book Club invites participants “to dawdle in Delft with Vermeer, explore the mystery behind Girl with a Pearl Earring, relive the Renaissance through the eyes of Artemisia Gentileschi in The Passion of Artemisia, and get a new perspective on Leonardo, Michelangelo, Monet, and many more." Participants can "explore the fictions of their favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.” Meetings are planned at 7 pm on: June 20 & July 18.