Lunch with the Libraries: Conserving the Legacy of Abby Fisher

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Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations Lifelong Learning, the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, and the Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries.

First published in 1881, What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking is a landmark text documenting the skills and culinary techniques of one of the first African American women to write a cookbook. The Sheridan Libraries Department of Special Collections acquired a copy of the exceptionally rare book in July 2020. Join JHU conservators and librarians Lena Warren, Heidi Herr and Jennifer Jarvis to learn about the incredible history of the book and its author, as well as the steps Conservation staff took to ensure that Abby Fisher’s legacy will continue to inspire researchers and cooks alike!  

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A zoom link will be sent to all registrants ahead of the webinar.

ABOUT Lena Warren
Book Conservator, Sheridan Libraries

Lena Warren has been a book conservator for the Sheridan Libraries since completing her 5-year apprenticeship with acclaimed book conservator John Dean in the 1980’s. She has treated thousands of books for the Libraries and continues to make important contributions to the preservation of the Libraries’ collections through conservation treatments, re-housings and exhibition preparation.

ABOUT Heidi Herr
Librarian for English, Philosophy, and Special Collections Student Engagement, Sheridan Libraries

As the student engagement librarian for the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center, Heidi Herr creates programs and learning activities that engage Johns Hopkins students in conducting research with primary sources. She is also the librarian for English, Philosophy, and the Writing Seminars. Heidi teaches courses on a wide variety of topics, including the ephemera of the women’s suffrage movement and the development of the cookbook, and oversees the Sheridan Libraries’ Freshman Fellows program. She holds MA degrees in English and Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

ABOUT Jennifer Jarvis
Book and Paper Conservator, Sheridan Libraries

Jennifer Jarvis is a book and paper conservator in the Department of Conservation and Preservation at the Sheridan Libraries. She has a M.A. in the Conservation of Library Materials from the College of West Dean, University of Sussex. Prior to coming to Hopkins she held positions at Columbia University and the Smithsonian Libraries.

 Event Date
Friday, January 27, 2023
Start Time: 12:00pm EST
End Time: 1:00pm EST


Virtual (Zoom)
Baltimore, MD 21218

Office of Alumni Relations
Erin Jakowski
Sr. Associate Director Office of Alumni Relations

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