International Keynote Speaker

Mr. Rickey Tax, Director of the Museum Meermanno, the "House of the Book," in The Hague, Netherlands, will visit Northeast Ohio and participate in Octavofest Events, providing several keynote presentations.

Mr. Tax holds an art history M.A. from the University of Amsterdam, and has been at the Meermanno since 2002, curating the section of the collection that deals with materials produced after 1850. His scholarly specialty is Dutch typography.

His presentations will help audiences consider – in international context – the history and future of books, their changing technologies, and their preservation as repositories of knowledge in a variety of settings and under changing circumstances of publication.


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Thursday, October 20th
1:30 PM

A Book Museum for the Modern World Lecture

Rickey Tax, Meermanno Museum
Glenda Thornton, Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 22nd
1:00 PM

Scholars and Sciolists: Four Centuries of Collecting for Museum Meermanno

Rickey Tax

The Rowfant Club, 3028 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 25th
12:10 PM

The Bookworm, the Eaglestone and the Esquire, or: How an Eccentric Collector’s House Grew into a National Book Museum

Rickey Tax
Ed Vermue, Oberlin Library

Wilder Hall 101, Oberlin College, 135 W Lorain St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074

12:10 PM - 1:30 PM