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Lecture on “The Book In Colonial America and Caring for Your Books” by Jane Bultman

when: Apr. 1, 2012

Jane Bultman, retired book conservator, presented a lecture on The Book In Colonial America and Caring for Your Books on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Attendees called 919-833-3431 with MasterCard or Visa, or mailed a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. They included the names of all in the party; nametags served as tickets. Tickets were non-refundable unless we had cancelled the event.

Jane grew up in Charlotte, graduated from UNCG (then the Woman’s College), and received a Master of Arts degree from Duke. She worked as a teacher, but then found the field of book conservation. She studied in New York at the Crafts Students League and with private instructors, as well as earned a certificate in preservation from Rutgers University. She worked in a private conservation lab in New York’s Chelsea area for a few years, then did free-lance work with New York clients, followed by work at the New York Academy of Medicine. She moved to Chapel Hill when she retired.

Jane’s talk was entitled “The Book in Colonial America, and Caring for Your Books.” Printing and publishing in the colonies was far more interesting than she had thought, and far more active than she knew. The power of the printed word was pivotal in igniting the fire that became the American Revolution. If you are fortunate enough to own books that have intrinsic or sentimental value, you may want to know the most elementary and essential points to caring for them. Jane gave a fascinating talk.


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