A Celebration of Life for Kenneth Nebenzahl

Join friends and family to celebrate the life and legacy of Kenneth Nebenzahl


Join Jossy Nebenzahl, family, and friends to celebrate the life and legacy of Kenneth Nebenzahl, who parlayed a childhood fascination with maps and an adult appetite for adventure, into a storied career as a Chicago rare books dealer, and explorer of the lesser-known world.

Ken found his calling as an Americana dealer and appraiser of rare books, maps, and manuscripts and amassed notable collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia that included the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and a first draft of the U.S. Constitution. He wrote numerous books about maps and cartography and founded the Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography in 1966 at the Newberry Library. The lectures, which continue today, have been dedicated to research in the study of the science, art and culture of map making.

This memorial event will include a short program of speakers, followed by a reception.

Please use the form below to RSVP to the event. Contact Kristin Emery (emeryk@newberry.org) with any questions.