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Birch Bark at the University of Michigan
While birch bark is more commonly found in natural history collections, it is less common in libraries. The need to learn more about the history and material technology of birch bark in bookmaking arose when Marieka Kaye, head of conservation and book repair for the U-M Library, received a copy of Simon Pokagon’s The Red Man’s Rebuke, a frequently requested item in the Special Collections Research Center. The fragility of this small booklet made it unsafe to handle and required repair to continue allowing its use. From there, Kaye delved into further birch bark holdings at U-M, learning much about the significance of the use of birch bark, how birch bark was harvested and processed for this type of use, and the historical context in which Pokagon’s birch bark booklets were created for the Victorian era tourist trade.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : History and Culture
Date(s) : 11/19/2021
Day of Week : Friday
Time : 10:00-11:00am
Location : Online
Instructor : Kaye Marieka
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED