Facebook Live Event 24 March: Celebrating Gesner

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Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) was a Swiss naturalist whose Historia Animalium is considered the starting point of modern zoology. 26 March is the anniversary of his birth, and institutions around the world will celebrate #GesnerDay by highlighting his publications and contributions on social media.

In anticipation of this event, join us for a Facebook Live broadcast as we go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Libraries with Leslie Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books, who will tell us more about Gesner and showcase some of his amazing publications from the collections of the Smithsonian’s Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Rare Book Library of Natural History.

Many of Gesner’s works have also been digitized for BHL. Browse them here.

Celebrating Gesner Facebook Live Event

When? 24 March, 2017 at 1:30pm ET
Where? www.facebook.com/biodivlibrary

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.