Here's the latest from All Things Bakelite... May 4th the 20-minute version of ATB was shown at the annual conference of Plastics New Zealand. Managing Director, Ken Sowman said: “Many thanks for allowing us to show the video - it was extremely received...it complemented the Conference theme so perfectly. The perseverance, passion, innovation and that striving for success that Leo had in spades is as relevant today as it was back then.”
On May 30th, Hugh Karraker and John Maher presented ATB in the SC Johnson Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Thank you David Haberstich for being our host.
The audience included NMAH Archivists Wendy Shay, Meghan Ferriter and Joe Hursey, who provided vital information for our film through the transcription of Leo Baekeland’s diaries.
Also, in attendance were Art Molella and Joyce Bedi from The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center and University of Ghent, Belgium alumnus, Joris Mercelis, now a Professor in the Dept. of the History of Science at Johns Hopkins University. After viewing the film, Ariel Lee, Dir. of Programming for the Washington West Film Festival encouraged Hugh to submit it to their 2017 festival.
Sophie Rovner, new manager of the ACS’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks program joined David, Hugh, John for dinner at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant. She gave Hugh a copy of the 1993 commemorative brochure on The Bakelizer, Leo’s first Bakelite manufacturing autoclave.
Here’s the link to the ACS site showing the Landmark designating brochure:
Stay tuned for screenings at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. 09/12/17, the University of Ghent’s 200th Anniversary celebration Ghent, Belgium 10/08/17 and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 11/03/17.
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