Schuyler Towne is a competitive lockpicker and pioneer of the American Locksport movement. He is a founding board member of the Open Organization of Lockpickers, U.S. Chapter, and in 2007 launched Non-Destructive Entry magazine. Mr. Towne both discuss the history of locks and lockpicking and demonstrate his special skills.
Please join Institute Library members and host Joshua Foer for a conversation with Mr. Towne Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase ($5 per drink), complimentary light refreshments will be provided by Atticus Bookstore and Café, and collectible limited editions of posters signed by Schuyler Towne and Josh Foer will be available for sale following the event.
Audience members are invited to bring with them the strongest locks they own.
Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's new monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of America's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors.
Tickets are $5 for Institute Library members and $10 for non-members. To become a member of the Institute Library for the modest annual fee of $25, please join online, and to learn more about the library, please visit our web site, blog, or facebook page today.
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In 2011, the library formally renewed its commitment to the cultural life of New Haven with expanded space and hours, community partnerships, and a wide range of new events and programs. To learn more, please call or EMAIL today!
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