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"The New England Primer: Perspectives from the Collection" Public Program with Laura E. Wasowicz, Kyle Roberts, and Babette Gehnrich
In 1995, The American Antiquarian Society acquired one of the two earliest known copies of the New England Primer. Considered a staple text of Puritan childhood that taught letters, reading, and religion, the first edition of the New England Primer was most likely printed between 1683 and 1690, either in London or Boston. Early printings of the text, such as the AAS copy that was printed in 1727, are extremely scarce because of heavy use by generations of children and families. When the copy came to AAS, it too was in an extremely battered state and required extensive conservation.

During this virtual program, AAS curator of children’s literature Laura Wasowicz and historian Kyle Roberts will unpack the complex cultural history of the New England Primer and how AAS came to acquire a copy. Babette Gehnrich, AAS chief conservator, will discuss the significant efforts taken to conserve the fragile early eighteenth-century primer and will provide a live demonstration of some conservation techniques.

Aug 31, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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