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Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year. Stacy gave me a glimpse into her work as a librarian at the Botanic Garden and we also discussed one of the exhibitions she curated about the Victorian Fern Craze.
If you are convinced that the world would be a better place with just a few more ferns - you’ll love hearing Stacy chat with me about one of evolution's stalwart survivors: ferns.
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Stacy, why don’t we start by having you tell us about what you do for the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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How did you end up as a rare book specialist?
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When you’re starting a new exhibition, do you need to spend some time getting to know the vision before you can move forward?
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How do you procure rare books?
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Is there a movement of some kind that’s working towards digitizing these rare books?
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Are people overly protective over their collection because they found it hard to procure or is it more of a question of lack of funding to get these rare books?
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There is no copyright issue here on these rare books. At what point does it become public property or open to the public?
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How does Stacy help other people digitalize the rare materials? Does she show people fascinating finds or do they pick and choose what interests them the most?
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A quick intermission from me setting the scene for the core of the interview -- the discussion on the Victorian Fern Craze.
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Stacy, tell us about the Victorian Fern Craze
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When you’re giving the lecture, are you personally presenting it or is there someone else who comes in to discuss it?
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This fern fever had a somewhat scientific name that was made up by Charles Kingsley. He called it, “Pteridomania”.
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Who was the first person to really start this fern craze?
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Can you highlight some of the books that are in your collection that talked about this craze?
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Do you have anything else from your lecture or your notes that you’d like to highlight for the audience?
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What exhibits are next for Stacy and the Chicago Botanic Garden?
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