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The New England Chapter
Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Rick Ring, the dynamic Head Curator and Librarian of the Watkinson Librarywill lead us on a private behind the scenes tour of highlights of his collections, including the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), texts by John Baskerville and important nineteenth and twentieth century private press imprints.
Upcoming events are in the planning stages for September 7.
November 16, 2013 Annual meeting 1:00 pm
Following our meeting Jordan Goffin, the dashing Rare Books Librarian will give a short talk. We will gather for a Dutch treat lunch at 12 noon in the Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain Street across the street from the Providence Public Library.
September 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm
March 31, 2012
Our next scheduled event is a field trip to The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, an 18th Century Print Shop on Boston's Historic Freedom Trail at 2:00 pm.
April 9, 2011
On Saturday, April 9, the New England Chapter of APHA journeyed to Historic New England's Otis House in Boston, at the foot of Beacon Hill, for a tour of the house and a visit to their vast archive of New England related materials. There was a guided tour of the house and then spend some time in the adjoining archives. Of particular interest to chapter members was Historic New England's vast collection of ephemera, historic bookplates and correspondence from Daniel Berkeley Updike.
March 12, 2011
Spring sprung and we held a gathering at the Lunch
October 22, 2010
We joined lithographer Jeffrey Bertwell and University of Rhode Island Special Collections Librarian, Sarina Rodrigues Wyant for late afternoon talk about the life of virtuoso wood engraver Fritz Eichenberg (1901–1990).
After the talk, a short walk took us to The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library to view select examples Eichenberg’s work in the new Special Collections reading room of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. While we waited to see the selections, library staff gave tours of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.
September 12, 2010
April 20, 2010
Following the lecture APHA New England members were invited to gather just out side the front door of the Houghton Library for a Dutch Treat meal in the area.
January 23, 2010
APHA New England will meet Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 1:00 in the Trustee's Room of the Providence Public Library, 225 Washington St. Providence, R.I. 02903, for a buffet lunch and our Annual Meeting, followed by a tour, by Rick Ring (PPL Curator 0f Special Collections) of the Updike Printing collections and we will also hear Rick's news about the new Art Space 220 Public Letterpress Print Shop.
June 24, 2008
Our next meeting will be a site visit to the Museum of International Paper History (8 Evans Road in Brookline, Massachusetts) on Sunday, July 13, from 2 to 4 pm. The director of the museum, Elaine Koretsky will give us a tour of the facilities and collections focusing on relationships between paper and printing history. Elaine is a renowned expert who directs papermaking workshops, leads tours to Asia and collects papers and related tools and texts from all over the world.
The museum’s website gives an enlightening overview and will surely entice your presence. www.papermakinghistory.org
Following our tour we will adjourn to a local venue to enjoy refreshments and conversation. Our new president, Bob Soorian, is researching the area for an air conditioned charming place. We look forward to renewing old friendships and welcoming new members.
Tiny State. Tiny Books: Miniature Books in Rhode Island
Rhode Island exhibits of miniature books
In addition, a workshop, A Taste of Tiny Books, is available.
October 19, 2006
APHA New England is going to have our annual meeting and Wayzgoose November 19 at 2:00 at David Wall's Applecart Press, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick Maine. We will hear the reports of officers, catch up on David Wall's progress with polymer plates and letter press. and while swilling cider and devouring doughnuts discuss plans for next year's events including our planned lecture in Rhode Island May 19 on the paper making career of Dard Hunter by Cathleen A. Baker, proprietor of The Legacy Press and Senior Paper Conservator, University of Michigan Libraries.
We are thinking of making 2007 the year of paper and going to the Crane paper mill in Dalton Massachusetts and possibly the Parsons Mill in Holyoak MA., plus Ilse Buchert Nesbitt is in discussions with us on a workshop for making mulberry paper.
However, we are always open to suggestions from membership for programs so join us Nov. 19 and give us your thoughts or email ideas to ahrhbeckwith(at)aol.com or dwall(at)applecartpress.com. APHA NE members will receive directions on how to get to the Applecart Press in their annual meeting announcement letters, but as always any APHA member is welcome.
Hope you can make it to some of these events.
All the best,
Alice Beckwith, President
April 16, 2006
Our next event will be Sunday June 11, 2006 at 2:30 PM when we visit John Kristensen’s Firefly Press in his new location, at 119 Braintree Street, Boston, MA 02134. Many of you will know of John’s wonderful letterpress works and might have visited his former location in Somerville, but the fabled press has moved and John agreed to give us a special tour on his open house weekend.
To reach John’s new location:
(617 987 0599).
Please contact David Wall our Secretary if you will be joining us at Firefly Press.
All the best for a delightful Spring,
Alice Beckwith, President
May 20, 2007
May 19, 2007
March 5, 2005
We heard the Officers Reports for the past year and elected the following slate of new officers: Secretary: David P. Wall, Printer Publisher, Apple Cart Press; Treasurer: Robert Soorian, Accountant; Vice President: Paul Albert Cyr, Curator of Special Collections, New Bedford Free Public Library. The only reelected officer is the President: Alice Beckwith, Professor of Art History, Providence College.
June 29, 2002
Saturday, June 29, 1:30-3:00PM, Assemble at the main lobby of the Dodd Center for a tour with Curator, Terri Goldich, through collections of book dummies, sketches, illustrations, drafts, revisions and related materials. We will see "the nature of the creative process from conception to completion" in the works of such author illustrators as Richard Scarry, Barry Moser, Tommie dePaola and others.
October 7, 2001
The witty and charming Englishman, John Randle --founder, with his wife Rose, of the Whittington Press and the internationally acclaimed annual review for printers & bibliophiles, Matrix-- will regale us with tales of letters and papers. We shall learn about and see examples of British hand-papermaking, and discover the ways book prospectuses give a unique insight into printers' attitudes and aspirations. (The lecture will also be given in New York City on October 11.)
ANNUAL MEETING. Following John's talk, we will hold the Annual Meeting and hear the officers reports and any other business to come before the membership, then we will vote on the following slate of officers:
Directions to Providence College. Call 401 865 1011 for directions to the College from all points. These directions will bring you to the corner of Eton Street and Smith Street. Follow Eton Street East to Huxley Avenue and turn Left (North) enter the campus at the blinking traffic light in the middle of the block. Park your car in the guest lot indicated by the officer at the gate and follow his directions to Moore Hall.
August 17, 2001
A Day of Paper & Letters in Western Massachusetts
10:00 am, Assemble at the main entrance to the paper mill for a tour of about an hour. Parsons Paper Company was founded in 1853 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. By 1890, they were the world's largest producer of fine papers. Today, Parsons makes numerous kinds of excellent papers including a high grade artists' paper for which they employ 19th century machinery.
Treasuries of the Smith College Library
2:00-4:30, Assemble at the Mortimer Rare Book Room for an overview of the Smith College collection with special emphasis on paper-related items including paper molds, Dard Hunter papers and paper by the 20th century paper maker Douglas Howell. The Curator, Martin Antonetti and Barbara Blumenthal, Mortimer Rare Book Room Assistant will guide us through their fascinating holdings.
July 26, 2001
Assemble at the entrance to the department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Margaret Shepherd, calligrapher and author of Learn Calligraphy will lead us on a tour of 26 alphabet treasures inside the Boston Public Library and in the surrounding neighborhood. Shepherd is well known for her texts commemorating members of the First and Second Church at 66 Marlboro Street. You may view Margaret's work at http://www.margaretshepherd.com.
Late comers can catch up with the tour at 66 Marlboro Street where we will be trying out our skills with parallel strokes and basic letter shapes, under Margaret's direction. We will end the day at Rugg Road Paper, 105 Charles Street and then go out for dinner when Rugg Road closes at 8 PM. If members cannot make the earlier calligraphy tour they can still join us for the paper adventure and we will have additional copies of the self guided map of Margaret's calligraphy tour for you to follow on your own.
February 22, 2001
APHA's New England Chapter will hold a joint meeting with the John Russell Bartlett Society and the Art and Art History Department of Providence College on Thursday, February 22 at 4:30 PM in room 100 of the Slavin Center (Student Union) at Providence College. Our speaker will be Ellen Cohn, Editor of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, at Yale University. Her topic will be Franklin in France, the Passy Press. Call 401 865 1011 for directions to Providence College.
October 28, 2000
The dynamic Greer Allen will give us a slide illustrated analysis of Carl Rollins's career as University Printer at Yale and probe the human dimensions of Rollins work and personality. If you have ever heard Greer lecture you know what a treat you have in store, and if you have not heard him before then take advantage of this opportunity jointly sponsored by APHANE, The John Russell Bartlett Society and Sam Streit Director of the John Hay Rare Books Library.
August 12, 2000
Assemble at the long table at the west end of the restaurant. During lunch, we will hear the officers reports and any other business to come before the membership, then we will vote on the following slate of officers:
President, Alice Beckwith
Franklin Spa is an informal lunchroom on the corner of Franklin and Spring Streets and of course the street evokes the history of the press at which Benjamin Franklin learned to print. After the lunch meeting we will view James Franklin's press in its restored splendor at the Museum of Newport History and then go to the Third and Elm Press. Third and Elm Press, run by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, is one of the best- known fine printing establishments in New England today, and Ilse has a new gallery on her second floor.
June 3, 2000
Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting and tour. If you plan to attend, please notify APHA New England Chapter President Alice Beckwith at: ahrhbeckwith(at)fastmail.fm
The tour and meeting are free. If you plan to attend, please notify APHA New England Chapter President Alice Beckwith at: ahrhbeckwith(at)fastmail.fm