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Museum conservator to talk at Westport Library

Published 9:30 am, Saturday, October 29, 2011

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  • "The Clown Illusionist," an automaton made between 1895 to 1910 by Phalibois of Paris, France, is part of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments & Automata at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J. Jere Ryder, the museum's conservator, will discuss the collection during a talk Saturday, Nov. 5, at Westport Public Library. Photo: Contributed Photo
    "The Clown Illusionist," an automaton made between 1895 to 1910 by Phalibois of Paris, France, is part of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments & Automata at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J. Jere Ryder, the museum's conservator, will discuss the collection during a talk Saturday, Nov. 5, at Westport Public Library. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Westport Public Library will hold a talk by a museum conservator at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the library's McManus Room, 20 Jesup Road.

Jere Ryder, conservator of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments & Automata at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J., will talk about and show sample figures from the museum's collection. The talk will be followed by a hands-on project, for kids in grades 3 and up, to make their own automata from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Higgins Room of the Children's Library.

In 2003, the Morris Museum was awarded the Murtogh D. Guinness collection of 700 historic mechanical musical instruments and automata and more than 5,000 programmed media, ranging from player piano rolls to pinned cylinders. The museum recently unveiled a permanent installation of the exhibition "Musical Machines & Living Dolls: Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata" from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection in a new 4,300-square-foot gallery.

Because space is limited, registration for both the free talk and hands-on project is required at westportlibrary.org.

For information, call 203-291-4810.