Lecture Series and Tour with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

The Manuscript Meets the Printed Book Jan. 25, 2018; 7-9pm
The Manuscript Meets the Supernatural World Feb. 22, 2018; 7-9pm
The Manuscript Meets Modernism Mar. 22, 2018; 7-9pm
The Manuscript Meets the Byte Apr. 26, 2018; 7-9pm
The Manuscript Meets the Modern Scriptorium May 24, 2018; 7-9pm
A Museum without Glass – Tour HMML with MCBA July 20, 2018; 8am-5:30pm

Registration for these events is now closed.

Photo credit Wayne Torborg, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

Past HMML Lectures

MCBA was honored to partner with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) for a special series of lectures exploring the history of the book. All presentations took place in the Open Book Performance Hall.

The Manuscript Meets the Printed Book

The Manuscript Meets the Printed Book
Manuscripts and the Design of Earliest Printed Books in the 15th and 16th Centuries

with Matthew Heintzelman; Ph. D., HMML Curator
January 25; 7-9 pm

Matthew Heintzelman will discuss how manuscripts gradually assumed innovations in printed books into their own design. Manuscript books were fundamentally changed by the advent of printing and gradually began to emulate the layout of printed books.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: Free Event

Date: January 25, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Manuscript Meets the Supernatural World

The Manuscript Meets the Supernatural World
How Middle Eastern manuscripts functioned as talismans

with David Calabro; Ph. D., HMML Curator
February 22; 7-9 pm

Many Muslim and Eastern Christian manuscripts bear texts and images that are intended to combat evil influences from the supernatural world. In this presentation, David Calabro (Ph. D., HMML Curator) explores the development of these manuscripts up to the nineteenth century, with emphasis on their enduring place in Middle Eastern society.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: Free Event

Date: February 22, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Manuscript Meets Modernism

The Manuscript Meets Modernism
William Morris, Mid-Century Letterpress Printing and Me

with Rachel Melis; MFA, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Faculty
March 22; 7-9 pm

Artist Rachel Melis presents how she and other contemporary fine press printers have been influenced by Arts and Crafts printers who were in turn influenced by medieval book design.

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Price: Free Event

Date: March 22, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Manuscript Meets the Byte

The Manuscript Meets the Byte
Why Manuscripts Matter in the Digital Age

with Father Columba Stewart; OSB, DPhil, HMML Executive Director
April 26; 7-9 pm

Father Columba Stewart focuses on how manuscripts have played a central role in transmitting knowledge and preserving cultural identity and their continued role in the future.

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Price: Free Event

Date: April 26, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Manuscript Meets the Modern Scriptorium

The Manuscript Meets the Modern Scriptorium
The Saint John's Bible, a Modern Vision through Medieval Methods

with Tim Ternes; MA, HMML Director
May 24; 7-9 pm

Tim Ternes explores the Saint John's Bible in the tradition of giant medieval Bibles and looks at how ancient methodology places the bible in the context of the historical manuscript.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: Free Event

Date: May 24, 2018

Available Spaces: Unlimited

A Museum without Glass - Tour HMML with MCBA

A Museum without Glass -- Tour HMML with MCBA

Friday, July 20, 2018; 8am-5:30pm
Deadline to register Wednesday, July 11, 2018; 11:59pm CST
$77 members/$85 non-members

Join us for a special day-long tour of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Experience original folios from The Saint John’s Bible and explore rare printed books and manuscripts from the HMML collection. Join others in the MCBA community for this unique chance to engage with these incredible works up-close-and-personal, without glass cases.

Tour participants will also have the opportunity to join the Benedictine monastic community for noon prayer in the mid-century modern Abbey Church. A relaxing lunch in the Great Hall Founders Room will break up the day, and there will be some free time to explore the campus grounds.

Please note, there is a great deal of walking and stairs on the campus and guests will have to move from building to building throughout the day. Tour fee includes charter bus from MCBA to Saint John’s, private tours, lunch*, and a loaf of “Johnnie” bread baked at the University.

*Lunch includes a sandwich bar and soup.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $77.00

Date: July 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

About HMML


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN is a global organization committed to advancing manuscript research and scholarly inquiry by digitally preserving, providing access to and interpreting manuscript collections from around the world. HMML prioritizes manuscripts from regions endangered by war, political instability, and other threats.

Learn more: www.hmml.org