It’s official – the Hong Kierkegaard Library has received a grant! The staff of HKL are celebrating, and here’s why you should too. The grant will specifically go towards the planning for conservation of 100 books in the Rare Book Collection. Watch for details and updates on Hong Kierkegaard Library Facebook page and Instagram.
Conservator Bailey Kinsky will examine each of the 100 oldest books in the Rare Book Collection and decide from there how to restore and properly take care of them.
Additionally, two students from St Olaf College will work alongside Kinsky. One will assist her in the conservation process, while the other will promote the project via social media (social media handle) and articles.
Since 1976, the Hong Kierkegaard Library has been a staple to the St. Olaf community. Not only does the library provide students and faculty/scholars a place to dive deeper into existentialism and Kierkegaard’s work, but it also fits right in with the college’s mission: “To challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.” With the HKL given a grant, rare one-of-a-kind books will have the special care they need to continue to call Hong Kierkegaard Library their home. Housing historical artifacts, like the ones in the Rare Book Collection, can be both a blessing and a curse for once they’re ruined beyond repair, the artifacts are gone forever. Luckily now with the new grant, the 100 most “rare and valuable” books will be restored and conserved to carry on teaching students, faculty and scholars around the world the importance and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.