Come Adopt-a-Book tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night the Society is holding its seventh annual Adopt-a-Book event at Antiquarian Hall from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Come join us for libations and snacks (generously donated this year by Ed Hyder, Panera, and Crown Bakery). Each of the Society’s curators has selected material for adoption including paper dolls, ledger books, newspapers, lithographs, and bound volumes. There will be dozens of historic objects up for adoption, ranging in price from $25 to $400. There will also be a display of material already adopted through the very successful online adoption portion of the event, which has raised over $10,000 since April 15th.

During the course of the evening we will be holding a raffle for some quirky prizes (i.e.., two chairs from the original set ordered for the reading room in 1912), the five curators will speak about material they have purchased with funds raised during last year’s Adopt-a-Book event, and current NEH fellow Marina Moskowitz, from the University of Glasgow, will speak about her ongoing research under the dome.

But the real focus of the evening is raising funds for continued acquisitions at the Society. The money we raise through adoptions helps us further expand the collection.

Here are three items that will be up for adoption tomorrow evening:

1.) Currier & Ives, A Patriot of 1776 Defending his Homestead, New York, 1876. Adopt me for $100.

Patriot of 1776


2.) Horace O. Conger and Caroline P. Crane. Obstetrics and Womanly Beauty. A treatise on the physical life of woman, embracing full information on all important matters for both mothers and maidens. Chicago:American Publishing House, after 1875. Adopt me for $50.

obstetrics and womanly beauty


3.) Miller’s Harpoon, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1847. Adopt me for $100.

Millers Harpoon

If you have pre-adopted online, admission to this event is free, otherwise $10 at the door. We hope to see you tomorrow night!

Published by

Lauren Hewes

Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, American Antiquarian Society

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