Photos, Papers and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents

April 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Pensees Books
502 6th St
Charleston, IL 61920

Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library will display the exhibit, “A Question of History: Public History in Illinois,” from March 30 through July 31, 2017.  The public is invited to view this exhibit at any time during the library’s business hours.

The exhibit was produced by students in EIU’s Historical Administration graduate program. For more information about the exhibit and related programming visit the web page here.

As part of the exhibit, “Photos, Papers and Publications: Restoring Personal Documents” will be presented by Bob Bertrand, owner of Pensees Books.

The program description is as follows: “A large portion of public history, and history in general, involves preservation, conservation and restoration. Each one plays a crucial role in a museum, so that artifacts can survive for historians and the public for generations to come. A book is very different from a geode or a china dish, and so, too, are the needs of each object. They each require special attention and skills to care for. But what exactly are these needs and skills? How does a conservator protect paper? Can an old, crumbling book look brand new again?

“Hosted by Bob Bertrand, owner of local Pensees Books, this workshop familiarizes individuals with the basic materials and techniques used in the restoration of old book bindings and their contents. Attendees of the class will learn the true goal of restoration: to present a finished product that most closely resembles the original in both appearance and construction. Space is limited and a reservation is required. Please contact Hailey Paige to register for this event at”

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information call 581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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