President’s Circle 
2021 Learning Workshops

President's Circle

2021 Learning Workshops

President’s Circle members provide generous and vital support for the Linda Hall Library Foundation that impacts the Library’s collections, programs, and fellowships. Together, we work to inspire people both near and far to explore the places where science and everyday life meet.

The Library is honored to share the below President’s Circle Learning Workshops presented exclusively to President’s Circle members as a thank you for your continued advocacy. If you weren’t able to attend the live presentations, or would simply like to view the content again, you can visit this page at any time. Updates about upcoming President’s Circle Learning Workshops will be sent to you via email. 

Book History 101

In this introductory workshop, attendees learned about the history of printing and the physical aspects of books printed during the hand-press era of 1450-1800 with Dr. Jamie Cumby, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Linda Hall Library. Viewers also learned to identify book formats, illustrations processes, and different types of paper. Click the above image to view this workshop.

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Famous Fakes and Forgeries

In this workshop, attendees explored the intrigue and human drama of some of the world’s famous rare book fakes, forgeries, and thefts with Jason Dean, Vice President of Special Collections at Linda Hall Library. Viewers learned about two in particular: the attempt to sell a fake Galileo Sidereus Nuncius and the sordid tale of John Holmes Jenkins, a notable rare book dealer who died under mysterious circumstances in the mid-1990s.

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From Offer to Shelf: Life Cycle of a Rare Book Acquisition

In this workshop, attendees received answers to one of the most frequently asked questions from Library patrons: “Where do you find items for the collection?” Jason Dean, Vice President of Special Collections, Dr. Jamie Cumby, Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Rebecca Romney, a rare book specialist and co-founder of Type Punch Matrix, a rare book firm, walked through the acquisition process from beginning to end for two types of books – one purchased by the Library and one acquired as a gift. 

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Natural Science Illustration: A Hands-on Workshop

Join us for this next installation of the President’s Circle Learning Workshops on April 6, 2021.

Explore science illustrations of the natural world through images found in the Library’s history of science collection. Then, participate in an introductory hands-on art workshop with the Library’s staff designer who will offer tips for how to find inspiration from nature to create your own artwork.

Registration for this event is now open. Click here to register.

For Mathematics Lovers

Join us for this next installation of the President’s Circle Learning Workshops on April 14, 2021.

In this mathematics workshop, Dr. Benjamin Gross, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library, and Dr. Cynthia Huffman, University Professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University, will discuss Émilie du Châtelet and Maria Gaetana Agnesi, historic women in mathematics, and share images of rare books from the Library’s History of Science collection..

Registration for this event is now open. Click here to register.

From Offer to Shelf: Life Cycle of a Rare Book Acquisition

Among the most frequently asked questions from Library patrons is: “Where do you find items for the collection?” In this talk, we will walk through the acquisition process from beginning to end for two types of books – one purchased by the Library and one acquired as a gift. This talk provides an in-depth look at the behind the scenes work of the Library and its staff.

Natural Science Illustration: A Hands-on Workshop

Explore science illustrations of the natural world through images found in the Library’s history of science collection. Then participate in an introductory hands-on art workshop with the Library’s staff designer who will offer tips for how to find inspiration from nature to create your own artwork.

Registration for this event is now open. Click here to register.