Educational Series

On Saturday and Sunday of the fair, the History in Your Hands Foundation will host a robust, educational series in the downstairs classrooms of the Newberry Library. The program will feature both lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics related to maps, books, collecting, and of course, history. The specific date and time of each talk will be provided at a later date.

If you have a topic that you are passionate about and would like to contribute to our educational series, please fill out the submission form provided at the bottom of this page.


“What’s this Book Worth?”

by: Vic Zoschak of Tavistock Books

Did you ever wonder what Grandma’s books might be worth? If so, then this talk by Vic Zoschak, proprietor of Tavistock Books, and current President of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, is for you! Mr Zoschak will describe in detail the different aspects of the four primary factors - edition, condition, availability & desirability - that affect a given book's monetary value in the marketplace. Questions will not only be welcome, but encouraged.


10 Things to Know About Antique Maps

By: Eliane Dotson of Old World Auctions

Eliane Dotson is the owner of Old World Auctions, an auction house specializing in antique maps. In her role, she researches, catalogs, and values 2000 maps each year, and also writes a monthly newsletter on various topics related to antique maps. Eliane is the current President of the Washington Map Society and a member of the steering committee of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society at the Library of Virginia.

This talk will focus on what new collectors need to know about antique maps to confidently evaluate maps and decide what to add to their collection. While examining a variety of antique map types, we will discuss important terminology, color application, printing techniques, and the features that differentiate maps from various time periods. Discover which key factors most affect the value of a map and how to cultivate and care for your collection. This talk will demystify the world of antique maps and give you the tools to know what to look for and questions to ask when looking at a map.


Do you have a topic that you are passionate about and would like to contribute to our educational series? Please fill out the form below and we will respond shortly thereafter.

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