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Washington Rare Book Group

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From small secondhand book shops to the Library of Congress, the capital region enjoys vast bibliographic resources. We invite you to join the Washington Rare Book Group (WashRBG) to learn more about the institutions and people who are involved in rare books in the metropolitan area. We cover some fascinating subjects in the world of books and most heartily welcome newcomers.

This informal and diverse group dates from the early 1970's, when a small number of enthusiasts from various disciplines (including collectors, book dealers, and private and governmental librarians) was drawn together to share collecting interests and activities. The groups' membership now numbers approximately 100 and has grown to include publishers, printers, conservators, book artists, historians, and others.

Gathering over catered lunches or evening cocktails about once a month from September through May, the group meets in libraries, museums, and places of of bookish interest. The programs at these meetings draw on the unique resources of the Washington metropolitan area and the membership and often feature private tours of exhibitions and libraries, as well as talks by experts in various fields.

Past meeting highlights have included: a panel discussion at an auction house; talks on book conservation, private collections, and Washingtoniana; a day trip to the Book Arts Press in Charlottesville; an evening tour of the Library and telescopic stargazing at the Naval Observatory; and tours of exhibitions at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Folger Shakespeare Library and other local libraries.

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Membership Terms If you are interested in joining the Washington Rare Book Group, please click on the "Please join us" link, on our website, fill out the form, and send it with your $20 membership dues. See for yourself why the Washington Rare Book Group offers a rare opportunity to expand your horizons.<br><br> Washington Rare Book Group<br><br> P.O. Box 1851<br> Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20915<br>
Contact Name Melanie Gardner
Contact Phone 301 506-6207
Address1 2014 Hermitage Avenue
City Silver Spring
Country United States
State / Province Maryland
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