This week's blog post comes courtesy of Pat Coleman, Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Once again the Minnesota Historical Society is partnering with the Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair, which will be held June 29 and 30th at the State Fair grounds. MHS members who love books are encouraged to attend a members-only reception. The $15 ticket price includes admission to the book fair and access to a hosted bar in the members-only lounge. For more information on the fair, click here.
The library hopes to develop more donors and friends due to flat acquisitions funding since 1987. Toward this goal, the Minnesota Historical Society received a grant from The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation to identify and encourage book and manuscript collectors who may wish to support the MHS library. A sizable part of this grant will be used to promote the book fair, bring in new customers, and make purchases on behalf of the MHS. A dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $5,000 will also be in place; when an MHS patron buys, say, a $100 book, another $100 will be available for the Society to buy more books. Exhibitors at the book fair will submit a list of books and manuscripts that may be of interest to the Minnesota Historical Society. The list of books available on the showroom floor and wanted by the MHS library will be provided to MHS attendees in advance of the fair.
Friday night, Dan DeSimone, curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald collection at the Library of Congress, will give a short lecture to MHS members on why books and libraries still matter.
The MHS Library broadly collects Minnesota history and culture – including more than 2,500 Minnesota authors – the history of Upper Midwest, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the people, especially Native Americans, living in that region.
You can check out Pat Coleman’s blog at here. Last year, Coleman acquired more than 2,000 items for the MHS Library; he looks to add as much as he can during this book fair. If you are on Twitter, he tweets daily @ PKColeman about something he has added to the MHS library collections. People interested in Pat and the MHS Library can find a Star Tribune feature article here.