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One book closes, another opens

May 07, 2012

The ADA Library held a grand opening Feb. 17 to mark the first signing of its new Visitors’ Register. The original logbook closed in 2011 filled with the more than 12,000 signatures of ADA members and guests who visited the ADA Headquarters in Chicago from 1969-2011.

The first to sign the new book was Dr. Howard Weisbart, son of Dr. Hyman Weisbart, the first to sign the original book in 1969.

The 12,000 signatures in the original book represent members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Among the 1,747 international visitors from 79 countries, guests from Japan were the most numerous (453) followed by Germany (106) and France (99). In the first six weeks of use, signatures in the new book included guests from Egypt, Germany, Serbia and the United Kingdom.

Established in 1927, the ADA Library supports the information needs of ADA members and staff. For more information about the Library and services offered to members, see or call the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2653.

Visitors: Members of the Council on Membership visit the ADA Library Feb. 17. Alex Barton (left), the American Student Dental Association consultant to the council and ASDA vice president, signs the book while council members Dr. Edwin Del Valle Sepulveda and Dr. Jean Bainbridge look on.

Second generation: Dr. Howard Weisbart of Skokie, Ill., son of the first dentist to sign the first Visitors’ Register, records the first signature in the new book.