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Northern California Chapter


APHA’s Northern California Chapter sponsors lectures, field trips, and other opportunities to meet fellow members on an informal basis. Join the APHA NorCal Yahoo Group here to get regular updates by email.




Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.

An illustrated talk with Lincoln Cushing on Bay Area radical printing history

Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA


APHA NorCal is sponsoring an illustrated talk at the SFPL’s Koret Auditorium on Thursday, April 3, from 6–8 p.m. with Lincoln Cushing. Cushing is a well-known print historian and poster archivist, and he will be speaking on Bay Area political and countercultural print shops from the 1960s to the present.

This event is FREE and open to the public. We invite all current and future APHA NorCal members to attend!

Click here to view the official SFPL e-card.


Click here to read this article by Mindy Belloff published in the 2010–11 Guild of Bookworkers’ Journal! Thanks to San Francisco Public Library’s Lisa Dunseth, also an APHA NorCal Board member, for the link.

past events


Saturday March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 San Francisco History Expo

The Old Mint
88 Fifth St. at Mission, San Francisco, CA

Link to the SFPL’s blog about the event here. We had a great time!

Come visit APHA NorCal at the SF History Expo this year, along with over fifty other fascinating and funky exhibitors. We will feature printing on a tabletop press, show a litho stone, distribute cool printing samples, and provide information about early printing in the SF Bay Area. Come on down!

February 1, 2014, 2–4 p.m.

Valentine’s Day broadside printing!

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 6th Floor
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA

Guarantee yourself success this Valentine’s Day with a gorgeous broadside printed on the SFPL’s historic 1909 Albion handpress, and help the Library celebrate 50 years of  Special Collections in collaboration with Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía and artist Sal García. APHA NorCal is co-sponsoring this event — come meet your fellow APHA NorCal members and print yourself a beautiful commemorative broadside (limited to the first 100 people!)

January 4, 2014

W.A. Dwiggins Lecture: Black and White Smith

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA


Start off the New Year with a fascinating slide lecture by Rob Saunders, curator of the Letterform Archive, on William Addison Dwiggins and his work. APHA NorCal will have a table at the event, advertising our upcoming activities, recruiting new members, and handing out keepsakes. Come on by! for more information.

June 12, 2004

Picnic and Field trip to M & H Typefoundry

M & H Type, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California

The next meeting will be our annual picnic, proceeded by a behind-the-scenes tour of M&H Type, the venerable type foundry located in the historic Presidio district of San Francisco. Our host will be Andrew Hoyem, whose Arion Press is housed with M&H and its non-profit arm, the Grabhorn Institute. The tour and pot-luck picnic will begin at 11am on Saturday, June 11. FREE to APHA-NorCal members $10 for non-members (so why not join at the tour?)

September 6, 2003

APHA goes “Monotype” 

Patrick & Maxine Reagh invite APHA members and their guests to an afternoon of barbeque & Monotype at their rur-burb acres, 96 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol. Both the grill and the Monotype caster (one of four from the Plantin Press) will be fired up. Bring food to share and something for the grill.

Mr. Reagh will publish The Bibliography of The Plantin Press next spring, letterpress from English Monotype, in Bembo and Fairbank Italic (Narrow Bembo), the house style of Saul & Lillian Marks. See the proofs of this important book that very day. Othmar Peters, monotypist extraordinaire & former proprietor of Mackenzie & Harris, will be at the keyboard.

December 7, 2002

Annual Meeting

Be of Good Cheer was the theme of APHA NorCal’s annual meeting, which was held in the elegant surroundings of Barbara and Fred Voltmer’s Havilah Press in Emeryville on Saturday, December 7th. Our first order of business was to install our chapter’s new officers: John McBride, president; Linnea Lundquist, vice president; Greg Graalfs, secretary; Chris Kox, treasurer. A discussion of our chapter’s goals for new membership yielded the hope that APHA would continue to include the engaged amateur or hobbyist among its core constituency. Here in Northern California there is a strong and vital presence of amateur printers, and we very much would like to see that group continue to be important to APHA as it moves forward with its plans for revitalization.

Several members brought work for the group to look at. Members had a chance for fabulous door prizes, which ranged from wood type (the Voltmers) to a book of Civil War photographs (Mills College) to special back issues of Printing History (APHA and Steve Crook). Now we look forward to a year of new activities under the leadership of John McBride and his fellow and sister officers.

Kathy Walkup, Retiring President

September 26, 2002

Reception and Opening: Recent acquisitions from the collection of Gale and Dorothy Herrick

Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco

APHA NorCal joins the Friends of the Gleeson Library at a reception for an exhibition of recent acquisitions from the collection of Gale and Dorothy Herrick.

June 8, 2002

Saturday in the City with Jack Stauffacher

Join us for a visit to the North Baker Research Library at the California Historical Society, followed by an exhibition walk-thru with Jack Stauffacher at his SFMOMA show.

10:30 am North Baker Research Library California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco (near Third). Our hosts at the California Historical Society will introduce us to the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing. We will then be able to view the current exhibition in the CHS gallery, “California in Time.” Admission will be free for APHA NorCal members, although donations to CHS are welcome.

11:30 am Exhibition, CHS museum shop & lunch on your own.

1:00 pm Jack Stauffacher*, “25 Prints,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco. Printer typographer Jack Stauffacher will take us on a walk-through of his exhibition of 25 experimental typographic prints from MOMA’s permanent collection, which are on view in the museum. A group admission rate of $8 ($5 for seniors) will be available when we all enter SFMOMA together (as a group)–cash or check only.

Grateful thanks to Linnea Lundquist for her inspiration and for her arrangements with the California Historical Society.
*Hot off the press! Jack Stauffacher is the American Printing History Association’s 2002 Lieberman Lecturer. He will be in conversation with type designer extraordinaire Matthew Carter on Thursday, October 24, 2002 at the Getty Center, Los Angeles. APHA NorCal plans to be there to cheer our home-town hero. Please join us!

May 11, 2002 

Summer Picnic at the Stone Type Foundry Orchards

Share Conviviality & Food with APHA members. Nothing formal, just a good time, though there may be some animated printing & typography chat, discussion about how to graft walnut trees, speculation on the history of printing in the Capay Valley, and/or an exchange of organic cooking recipes and gardening tips. If we’re lucky, we may also get a glimpse of sheep, llamas, and wild turkeys.

Sumner Stone’s Walnut Orchard in the Capay Valley Saturday, May 11. Rendezvous in the orchard at Noon. Expect to relax and stay for 2 or 3 hours. It will be warm! Bring sunscreen & wear light clothing. It’s a potluck picnic so RSVP with the dish you will be bringing to share. Suggestions for things that taste good on a warm day. veggies with dip, salads, chicken, exotic sausages, tofu burgers, fruit tarts, or light cheeses. Sumner will provide a grill and hot coals. APHA will provide plates, forks, drinking vessels and cold drinks (lemonade, white wine, and water).

September 9, 2001


In September APHA NoCal will join other community groups in the Bay Area to help sponsor “ZAPFEST :A Celebration of the life and work of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf.” Members will receive a special VIP tour of the exhibition organized by the Friends of Calligraphy at the San Francisco Public Library. Other events include lectures, receptions, and a conversation at Mills College on Sunday September 9, with Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, Anna Wolf, Georgianna Greenwood and Zapfest organizer Linnea Lundquist. 2pm, Olin Library.

September 15, 2000

Rich Gold on “Further into the Future of Reading”

San Francisco Center for the Book

September 2, 2000 

San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation

We will meet at the museum for an informal tour of “The Future of Reading,” an exhibition organized by Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. This fascinating exhibition includes Xerox PARC’s research into what reading might be like in the future, including wonders such as the book you can hear as you rub your hand over the pages. The tour will include a stop at the artists’ book studio, a part of the exhibition sponsored by the San Francisco Center for the Book. We will have a no-host lunch after the tour.