“Inside the Book Restorer’s Workshop” – German Society of Pennsylvania

On Oct. 22, the German Society of Pennsylvania’s Joseph Horner Library hosted an enlightening presentation by Philadelphia-based freelance book restorer, bookbinder, and artist Ruth Scott Blackson.

After summarizing her impressive past projects, “The Book Restorer” (as she is known) introduced her current work to restore or rehouse volumes from the library’s Adopt-a-Rare-Book program, and invited attendees forward to observe some common conservation treatments.  Questions were answered with thoughtfulness throughout.

The library completed the evening by exhibiting several recently restored books, as well as works still “up for adoption” (the latter authored by German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, born 250 years ago this fall).  Often the host of memorable Archives Month Philly events, the German Society continued the tradition this year.


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