Ben Bartgis is a conservator technician with a background in book conservation and exhibits work based in Annapolis, MD. Outside of their career in conservation, Bartgis lectures and teaches on the material culture of literacy in the long 18th century, including quill pen cutting and historic penmanship. Having made Jane Austen’s sister-in-law's recipe for ink - which calls for two pints of beer! - Bartgis has a lot of appreciation for the physical work it took for Austen to write all her manuscripts and letters.
**This livestream will begin immediately following the live performance in the theater