Please join us for the 17th annual Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture on October 6th at 7:00 pm in Bobbitt Auditorium, where we will welcome the return of our recently restored 1611 King James Bible.
This year’s lecturer will be Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian and Book Conservator at the University of Michigan Library. While a rare book conservator has the privilege of working on exciting artifacts, the journey from before to after treatment can be long and winding with many painstaking steps in between. Upon receiving the first edition 1611 King James Bible from Albion College, Marieka planned and executed the lengthy process of repairing the extensive damage to the paper and creating a new leather binding. Because the King James Bible is so highly prized as the first bible to be printed in English, Marieka aimed to complete the treatment in such a way that this important book can be used and exhibited for generations to come. Having worked as a professional conservator for the past 10 years, Marieka gleaned much experience from her past training and treatments, especially when it comes to her focus on early printed books.
In this lecture, she will share the treatment of the King James Bible, as well as past projects throughout her career that have informed her knowledge and skill set over the years.