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The Fine Art of Paper Conservation

BY RUSS MAKI
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

"Our world is filled with (the) conservation, restoration, and preservation of important works on paper."

In "The Fine Art of Paper Conservation" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 7, drawing upon his experience as the president of Graphic Conservation Company in Chicago, one of the top paper-conservation laboratories in North America, Russ Maki provides a beautifully illustrated overview of the conservation of works ranging from works of art to historically significant documents.

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Belly Buttons: An Unexpected Portal to Miracles

BY JOHN LAMPERIS
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

The birth of a blind child followed by the birth of a sighted child provided a miraculous discovery for John N. Lamperis, the father of both, who was not only present at their births, but assisted in making their belly buttons. While sharing his journey, John tells humorous anecdotes of his frustration with his oldest daughter’s attire, which revealed his creation—that is, the belly button—and describes the joy in knowing that, sighted or not, each of children is a blessing.

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Who's Afraid of Physics?

BY SEYDA IPEK
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

“I hated physics in high school!” is the one phrase Şeyda İpek hears most often when she tells people she is a physicist. As Şeyda tells her story about becoming a physicist, her path wends its way through ancient Egypt, Peter Pan fandom, and UFOs before she realizes her love for physics.

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History Happens Here

BY DAN HOEFLER
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

Join Dan Hoefler & Tony Winter of the Batavia Historical Society on a tour of the Batavia Depot Museum, which is housed in the oldest surviving Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot in the United States. Discover how the depot was transformed from an abandoned building to a nationally known museum, take a tour of the museum, and learn the details of a planned expansion project.

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Bitcoin: Down The Rabbit Hole

BY ADAM HENNESSY
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

In 2009, a programmer or group of programmer, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, presented to the world a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system—a solution to frictionless settlement that has the power to change money as the world knows it. Adam Hennessy, a pioneer in the cryptocurrency arena and a Bitcoin “miner,” explores the components of cryptocurrency as he seeks to spark curiosity and perhaps even some “digital-gold fever” with this primer about Bitcoin.

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In the Shadow of The Beatles: Growing Up in Liverpool

BY JOHN GLENN
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

Growing up in Liverpool, England—which makes him a Liverpudlian—John E. Glenn lived his teenage years in the shadow of The Beatles. At a time and place of great musical significance, the Mersey Sound unfolded as a driving force behind the British Invasion of the United States music scene in the 1960s and beyond. John traces the geography and history of Liverpool as a globally leaning maritime city, noting that The Beatles were uniquely gifted, yet a logical outcome of the city’s diversity, passion, and location. He suggests that the Fab Four could not have conquered the world if not born in the perhaps-unlikely environs of the great world city known as Liverpool.

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The Road Song Challenge

BY SCOTT CORBIN
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

On behalf of The Jank Guitar Store, Scott Corbin presents “The Road” song contest, which encourages and rewards excellence of creative expression. The contest not only gives young people of the Tri-Cities (Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles, Illinois) an outlet for their creative aspirations, it also showcases the region’s amazing talent, as contestants interpret the song “The Road” by Casely and The Jank through a musical cover, musical remix, or dance performance.

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#EnjoyAurora: Tourism in the Aurora Area

BY JAMES CARDIS
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

James Cardis describes tourism in the Aurora Area, a unique collection of ten communities and their attendant attractions, sports facilities, and meeting sites, anchored by Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. James encourages everyone to consider a “staycation” in their hometowns, visiting the outstanding places to see and taking advantage of a variety of fun things to do in the Aurora Area, just forty miles west of Chicago.

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CASA Kane County—Celebrating 30 Years of Child Advocacy

BY CATHERINE BATTISTA
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

James Cardis describes tourism in the Aurora Area, a unique collection of ten communities and their attendant attractions, sports facilities, and meeting sites, anchored by Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. James encourages everyone to consider a “staycation” in their hometowns, visiting the outstanding places to see and taking advantage of a variety of fun things to do in the Aurora Area, just forty miles west of Chicago.

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From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story

BY BILL SUHAYDA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.

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Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

BY JEFFERY SCHIELKE
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.

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A Little Bird Told Me

BY DENIS KANIA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Little birds have shaped the life of Denis Kania in so many ways. Lessons he learned as he searched the world for his avian friends changed the way he looks at people, the world, and its future. He found that the choices we make at home can have a profound impact on the environment halfway around the world.

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