CHAPTER & AREA EVENTS OF INTEREST TO CHESAPEAKE CHAPTER MEMBERS
Remember to renew
your APHA Membership
As of a few days ago, about half of Chesapeake Chapter members have renewed their membership for 2021. Remember to renew at printinghistory.org or look for the membership form in last month’s Chapter Notes.
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Tour of the Julie Chen: True to Life Exhibit
National Museum of Women in the Arts
June 2, 1 pm
The Chapter’s first in-person field trip will be to the Library & Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave NW, for their exhibit Julie Chen: True to Life, on Wednesday, June 2. The internationally recognized artist & t e a che r Ju l i e Che n c r e a t e s elaborate books that call on readers to do more than simply turn pages to uncover her poetic reflections. Readers may be called upon to peer through a tunnel created by accordioned pages or flip the slats of a Venetian blind-like structure in order to read the text. Chen’s books are small sculptures of handmade papers and other materials, marrying text and complex structures to convey her contemplations on the passage of time, forms of grief, the human quest for discovery, and other deeply personal concerns. The exhibit presents more than a dozen captivating works from Chen’s 33-year career. NMWA’s blog post about the exhibit: https://nmwa.org/blog/nmwa-exhibitions/ now-open-julie-chen-true-tolife In-person tour is limited to 10 people. A virtual option is available. Indicate in your RSVP whether you want to attend in person or virtually. All in-person visitors must be vaccinated. The Museum is still requiring masks at this time, please plan accordingly. Please note, there is no fee for the Julie Chen exhibit. If you wish to see the rest of the museum before or after, you will need to purchase a ticket. ($10 for adults, $8 for adults 65+ and students). R S V P t o L a u r e n E m e r i t z (APHA.Lauren@gmail.com), or to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, June 1. 2021
2021 Chesapeake Chapter Print Exchange
Our Printer’s Trading Card series deadline has been extended until June 26th.
The Trading Card will have a unified format, providing ample opportunity to show off each printer’s skill as well as share information about their printing practice.
- Finished Size: 5 x 7 (portrait), can include creative fold(s), die cut, etc.
- The following information must be include on the card:
- Name of press
- Name of printer(s)
- Year created
- List of presses & major equipment
- Name of favorite font in collection with sample specimen
- Favorite cut OR favorite ampersand
POSTPONED TO A POST-VIRUS DATE
Conestoga Press & Ephrata Cloister Printing Office
Our first chapter event of 2020 is shaping up to be a full day of interesting sites and activities.
Ephrata, Pennsylvania has a rich history of printing, starting with the largest book printed in the colonies, the Martyrs Mirror, which was printed at the Ephrata Cloister in the 1740s. According to Wikipedia, it took 15 men three years to finish the 1,512 page book. Next to the Bible, the Martyrs Mirror has historically held the most significant and prominent place in Amish and Mennonite homes.
Join us to visit this state historical site with its 1803 Ouram wooden press.
APHA member Conestoga Press, located just up the street from the Ephrata Cloister, will host participants as they print on an 1850 wrought iron Bronstrup press using type from that period. Conestoga Press is part of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley where we’ll also be able to tour their museum.
With a micro-brewery across the street, a printer at Conestoga Press who also brews press-named beers, and a printing themed restaurant just up the street we’re having a hard time deciding on lunch, but we’ll come up with something special.
The activities will begin in Ephrata at 10:00 a.m. and finish between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. depending on the final agenda. Since it would be best to keep the size of our group to about a dozen people please email Chris Sweterlitsch as soon as possible to claim a spot. Chris will also be facilitating carpooling, so please let him know if you need, or can provide a ride.
Chesapeake Chapter Notes
Chesapeake Chapter Notes is emailed monthly to members and friends of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. Contributions are welcome and can be sent to George Barnum, Chapter Secretary.