Fri, October 15, 2021 1:00 P.M.
Introduction to the Free Library’s Beatrix Potter Collection
Former Curator of the Beatrix Potter Collection, Karen Lightner, will talk about and show a selection of the most important items in the Rare Book Department’s collection: the manuscripts and original drawings for the Tailor of Gloucester and the Tale of Little Pig Robinson, other original drawings, and the annotated copy of The Fairy Caravan.
Karen Lightner worked in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department from 1988 until 2005 where she held the positions of Reference Librarian, Curator of the Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham and Kate Greenaway collections, and, later, Assistant Department Head. She has prepared numerous exhibitions drawn from the Rare Book Department’s Beatrix Potter Collection and spoken widely on Beatrix Potter, including a series of presentations given for the Beatrix Potter Society gatherings and study conferences in the U.S. and U.K. since 1992. Her papers have included: The Fairy Caravan “Explained”, My Dear Mrs. Perry, Beatrix Potter’s Rabbit Friends, and The Enduring Power of Beatrix Potter’s Art. She has also given many public lectures about the Free Library’s Potter Collection. She left Rare Books in 2005 to become the Curator of the Print & Picture Collection and, beginning in 2008, served as the Head of the Art and Literature Departments until her retirement in 2018. Although she no longer works with Beatrix Potter materials at the Free Library, she is always happy to share her knowledge and explore more deeply the very special world of Beatrix Potter.
Please register here to attend this virtual Zoom event. Contact Joe Shemtov at email@example.com with any questions concerning this program.