For those of you interested in Rare Books or Archives, the Washington Rare Book Group is a great way to get involved in the community!  There are tours of a number of local special collection libraries that are ordinarily closed to tours.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me or Carrie Smith.

-- Mariah

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From: Carrie Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM
Subject: WRBG - Thursday, October 16th, Folger Library Heraldry Exhibition tour
To: Carrie Smith <[log in to unmask]>, "Baxter, William" <[log in to unmask]>


invites you to join us for


A tour of the exhibition

“Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England”



201 East Capitol St. SE, Washington DC


When:  Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.


Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England during the reign of Elizabeth I. An ambitious world was full of newly wealthy and successful families, eager to display their success and status. Genealogy in its modern form also took off: ancestral research was vital to a rich heraldic display, and new ways were established for setting out family trees graphically.

In this show you will see pedigrees and family trees, books explaining heraldry’s complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents written by professional heralds seeking to regulate heraldic practice in a fast-changing society. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare’s own coat of arms.

Our tour with the Folger’s Exhibitions Coordinator Caryn Lazzuri will be limited to 20 participants.  We will meet at 11.30 in the exhibition hall of the Folger Library, near the 2nd Street entrance.

We will adjourn for lunch at the Hunan Dynasty restaurant, 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, at 12.30 p.m. There will be a charge of $13.00 per person (all inclusive) for lunch; please send your check by October 10th, made out to Washington Rare Book Group or WRBG, to:

William E. Baxter

2524 North Florida Street

Arlington, VA 22207

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Directions:  On the Metro the closest stop is Capitol South on the Orange & Blue lines; walk straight up 1st St. and across Independence Ave., then right one block to 2nd St., and left one block to the Folger at the corner of 2nd and East Capitol St. SE. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Carrie Smith and William E. Baxter

Co-Presidents, WRBG


Save the date for our November event at the Archives of American Art, Friday, November 7th.


It is time to renew your membership dues for 2015.  We hope you will renew (or join): The membership year runs from January through December, and dues are $30. We look forward to an engaging season and hope you will renew your membership! And if you know anybody who would be interested in joining our group, please pass this information along! 

Attached is a link to the membership form, to be mailed with your dues check to:

Jackie Coleburn, Treasurer

Washington Rare Book Group

PO Box 1387

Washington, DC 20013