Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding 2019

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The Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar is limited to 150 participants. The conference is open to all regardless of membership status; however, members do get a discount on registration fees. If you are not already a member, but wish to join and pay the membership conference rate, please go to the Membership Page to join GBW, then return to this conference registration page. Online registration for the seminar must be received by September 15, 2019 or until conference is full. Please wait to receive confirmation before making travel arrangements.

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(limited to 25)
  $ 15.00 (Sold out)
Please note that this is a WALKING TOUR!

Visit the Free Library of Philadelphia in its grand Beaux-Arts building located in the cultural heart of the city! Tour participants will view the exhibition Our Five Senses and hear a gallery talk given by Chris Brown, Curator of Children’s Literature (and GBW member). Other exhibits will be on display in the Library’s Rare Book Department for guests to see. Following the gallery talk, participants will head to the Prints and Pictures Department and have the opportunity to see selections from the Library’s artists’ book collection on display and “up close” with curator Laura Stroffolino. A special exhibition on children’s books by the GBW Delaware Valley Chapter will also be on view. Don’t miss the chance to see this treasure of Philadelphia and walk through one of the city’s historic and cultural neighborhoods! Please note that this is a walking tour! The Free Library is less than a mile from the hotel—an approximate 20-minute walk one-way. Members of the local host committee will lead participants from the Loews Hotel to the Free Library and back, although participants may decide to stop for lunch on their own after the tour at one of the many restaurants along the way. Also, please note that the Barnes Foundation, one of Philadelphia’s premiere museums, is directly across the street from the Free Library, and participants could complete their day with a visit to the museum after lunch. A large Whole Foods nearby offers multiple lunch options, including outposts of popular Philadelphia restaurants.
(limited to 30)
(limited to 23)
  $ 20.00 (Sold out)
Please note that Tour 2 and Tour 3 occur simultaneously!


Participants will visit Temple University’s newly constructed Charles Library, designed by world-renowned architectural firm Snøhetta. The library is envisioned as an example of 21st century thinking of what a university library can be! Snøhetta’s design “challenges the traditional typology of the research library solely as a repository for books and archives, and instead provides a diversity of spaces that will spark chance encounters, enable collaboration, and encourage knowledge-sharing amongst its users.” Kimberly Tully, Curator of Rare Books, will meet with tour participants to show some of these innovative library features and view items from Temple’s extensive and excellent artists’ book collection. The tour will then travel by bus to The Wagner Free Institute of Science where the group will divide into two. Each group will visit the Wagner Institute’s 19th century exhibit hall—soaring three-story space—that houses an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens. The collections are displayed in cherry-wood and glass cabinets dating from the 1880s and maintain their original “systematic” scheme, providing a rare view of a Victorian science museum—AND—the Library, where Lynn Dorwaldt, Special Collections Librarian, will show a selection of books. This extensive library contains primarily scientific works dating from the late 17th to the early 20th century and covers the natural and physical sciences, education, medicine, archaeol-ogy and anthropology, the pseudo-sciences, instrument building, and engineering. Please note that this is a “bus” tour! Entrance fee to the Wagner Free Institute is included in the tour cost.
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