Adopt-a-Book Tomorrow!: Extra Special Treats

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 6 pm, the American Antiquarian Society’s long anticipated Adopt-a-Book event will be held at Antiquarian Hall (185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA).  While we hope you have enjoyed our recent series of posts previewing some of the items available for adoption, the actual event will be full of extra special treats.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served (included in the $20 entrance fee) and you can mingle with book-loving friends.  Most importantly, though, all of this year’s adoptees will be displayed in the reading room, and the AAS staff will be available for questions and conversation.

As an added incentive to attend the live event, additional items will be available for adoption tomorrow night that were too recently acquired to have been included in the online Adopt-a-Book 2011 catalog.  Even better, these dozens of new additions are almost all available for adoption in the $15 to $50 range!  They include:

  • the first newspaper published in Ipswich, MA
  • library bookplates
  • a French lithograph for resale in New York
  • a unique Kingston, NY newspaper announcing the end of the War of 1812
  • French-language New York newspapers on the assassination of Lincoln
  • a brightly colored children’s book, The Children in the Wood

Our final value-added feature of the evening will be informative and entertaining talks.  AAS curators will give a brief overview of objects they have purchased with resources raised at last year’s Adopt-a-Book fundraiser.   In addition, AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Lisa Wilson, Professor of American History at Connecticut College, will discuss her ongoing research project, “Cinderella’s Family,” on American step-children and step-families.

Please note: the reading room will close at 3pm tomorrow to prepare for Adopt-a-Book.  Tickets will be available at the door at 6pm.  We hope you will join us!

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