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Alice in the Rosenbach Collection (Spring 2010 Meeting)

April 24, 2010

The spring 2010 meeting of the LCSNA was held at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Canadian member Andy Malcolm presented a funny and illuminating talk and hands-on demonstration about his work as foley (sound effects) artist for Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland film, ably aided by ProTools expert Jenna Dalla Riva and sound engineer Jack Heeren. The enormously talented Nancy Wiley shared an entertaining history of her career as a doll artist (with a great Demi Moore story!) and spoke about her beautiful new doll-themed edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She kindly signed copies of her book and displayed some of her Carrollian dolls afterward. Noted Harvard scholar Maria Tatar gave a fascinating talk about the importance of nonsense, and our instinctive need to find some kind of sense in it. To close the meeting, Rosenbach Librarian Elizabeth Fuller treated attendees to an up-close look at a wealth of rare Carrolliana, including an 1865 Alice, correspondence, and photographs, all selected especially for us. In addition, Please Touch Museum held its Storybook Weekend, perfect for a Friday or Sunday visit, and Stacey Swigart kindly arranged for free admission for LCSNA members. From beginning to end, it was a brillig meeting, and those in attendance voted it one of the LCSNA’s best. After the meeting, attendees reconvened at The Black Sheep Pub (taking over the entire first floor!) for a delicious dinner and delightful conversation. Our thanks again to everyone at the Rosenbach for being such gracious hosts.

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April 24, 2010
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Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA