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Smithsonian Libraries' Lecture and Symposium

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Symposium and Lecture celebrate the Dibner Library's 25th Anniversary on =
October 3, 2001!

In October 1976, the Dibner Library of the History of Science and =
Technology opened its doors in what was known as the Museum of the History =
of Technology, now the National Museum of American History, Behring =
Center.  The collection of 10,000 books and 1,600 manuscript groups, which =
traveled to Washington, DC, from the Burndy Library in Norwalk, Connecticut=
, has grown to form one of the cornerstones of the Libraries' collections. =
In October 2001, the Dibner Library will celebrate a quarter century of =
providing vital primary sources to scholars, curators, and members of the =
scientific community.=20

All of the following events are free and open to the public:
To mark this anniversary, SIL, with the generous support of The Dibner =
Fund, will hold an afternoon symposium on October 3, 2001 from 1:00 pm to =
4:30 pm in the Carmichael Auditorium of the National Museum of American =
History, Behring Center. The symposium is titled "Exploring the Past, =
Shaping the Future: The Dibner Library of the History of Science and =
Technology at 25 Years."  After a brief introduction, the symposium will =
begin with a talk, "From Collector to Reader: Bern Dibner and History of =
Science Collections," by the noted rare book dealer and scholar, Roger =
Gaskell.  This will be followed by a panel, comprised of scholars and =
notable scientists and curators from around the nation, that will debate =
issues concerning the course of contemporary research in the history of =
science and technology and discuss the potential impact of the Smithsonian =
Libraries' collections on this scholarship.

SIL's annual Dibner Library Lecture will then follow the symposium. It =
will begin at 5:00 pm in the Carmichael Auditorium at the National Museum =
of American History, Behring Center. The speaker will be Owen Gingerich, =
who is both a Professor of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard =
University and Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical =
Observatory. His lecture, entitled "Icons of Understanding: Celebrating =
Bern Dibner's Heralds of Science" focuses on one of the gems in the SIL =
collections.  The Heralds of Science is a series of books, which collective=
ly represent the most important contributions to the physical and =
biological sciences that have been issued since the beginning of printing. =
 There will be a reception following the lecture. =20

We hope that you will be able to join us. It promises to be a day =
interesting to science and art enthusiasts alike!
For details, please email LIBMAIL@sil.si.edu or call Savannah Schroll at =

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