The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) will celebrate the purchase of Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries in an Opening Ceremony on March 4, 2014. The Travel Diaries were acquired in 2013 as a central element of the rara collection of the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). They are considered to represent the so called “second”, that is, the scientific discovery of the Americas. Humboldt’s Travel Diaries consist of approximately 4000 pages, densely annotated and filled with sketches and drawings by Humboldt. The purchase of the Travel Diaries was made possible by the generous support of several public and private sponsors.
The ceremony’s speakers will be: Hermann Parzinger (Presindet of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), Barbara Schneider-Kempf (General Director of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), Monika Grütters (Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media), Klaus Wowereit (Governing Mayor of Berlin), Johanna Wanka (Federal Minister of Education and Research), and Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen (Secretary General of the Cultural Foundation of German States). The renowned Humboldt expert Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette (Chair of Romance and Comparative Literatures, Universität Potsdam) will give the keynote lecture.
Time and Place
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Haus Unter den Linden
4. März 2014, 11.30 a.m.