Notable News

I received the following via e-mail regarding an article from William Pepe that was featured in the last issue of Barr’s. Thanks to Audrey Mad…

Features

Libraries have not always been “Public Libraries” or a popular institution open to all. Libraries were at one time, mostly private, and kept in prestigious colleges and or the homes of government officials. Most printed manuscripts were rare, and expensive to print or reproduce. Many manuscr…

Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori is credited with inventing the modern piano in Padua, Italy, in 1709.  A hundred and fifty years later, the piano had become the “King” of musical instruments as well as a symbol of social and economic status.  No middle or upper-class Victorian household w…

Set to feature free film screening, two convening societies and NPM chief curator of philately, Dan Piazza