Friday, May 18, 2012
I always love when things come together to remind us how small the world really is. I have been working on a Bible from the African American Museum of Iowa that was damaged in the flood. The Bible was in pretty bad shape. The binding had totally failed and it was basically just a stack of sheets. I cleaned every page and then consulted Gary for next step. He suggested jogging each page together and gluing using the double fan method so that the Bible could be bound once again.
As I was cleaning the sheets a cancelled check to the Kolarik Bindery fell out of the pages. It was a check to have the Bible rebound in 1973. This was significant to me as most of the Kolarik bindery equipment was donated to the UI Center for the Book to help establish a central location for students to study bookbinding.
While thinking about how great it was to have a book bound at the Kolarik Bindery as I was working on a book for the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, I looked down at the treatment sheet and was amazed to see that the author’s last name was Kolarik. Suddenly it all came together – Kolarik is a Czech name.
So while working on a book for the African American Museum of Iowa, I was connected to the Kolarik Bindery and the UI Center for the Book as well as to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library!