Our most recent volunteer, Walter Abbot, has been volunteering since mid-December. He lives in northwest D.C. and has recently retired from his career as an insurance and risk management executive. Walter has been working on production cutting materials for standard repairs. Walter has a great eye for precision and also crafts fine art frames and fishing lures in his spare time. He enjoys traveling and has recently visited Laos, Northern India, Peru, Mexico, and Belize.
All of our volunteers help complete many tedious and meticulous tasks that are essential in everyday preservation operations. The current economic conditions have affected all departments of the Libraries, and the already short-staffed book conservation lab would be lost without their help. Many thanks Walter—we look forward to continuing our work with you!—Phuong Pham