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Roland Armitage Hoover
1929 – 2018

SEE THE TEXT FROM A Service in Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Roland Armitage Hoover, January 14, 1929 – November 7, 2018.


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APHA 2019 Conference 

At the April meeting of the Board of Trustees of APHA, the proposal of the Vice President for Programs to hold the October 2019 APHA Annual Conference in the Washington, D.C. area was unanimously approved. Jesse Erickson, the VP for Programs, made a very strong case for holding the conference here and the board responded very positively.

We’re asking members of the Chesapeake Chapter to join our local team to work with Jesse and the national organization to plan the conference. If you are interested in being part of this exciting effort, contact chapter president George Barnum.  

2018 Denker Fellows Symposium
Tuesday, November 14th
Library of Congress, Jefferson Building
2nd Floor, Rosenwald Room LJ205

We’re pleased to report that the 2018 Denker Fellows Symposium will be held at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor, Rosenwald Room (Room LJ205). The fellowship program was established as a memorial to former Chesapeake Chapter president Mike Denker. Fellows do a presentation on a topic of their choosing having to do with printing or the book arts.

Our thanks to Stephanie Stillo at the Library of Congress for making the Rosenwald Room available.

Lieberman Lecture
Thursday, December 13th, 2:30 p.m.

The Chesapeake Chapter and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress will host APHA’s annual Lieberman Lecture, which commemorates J. Ben Lieberman (1914–1984), founder and first president of the American Printing History Association. The lecture is a moveable feast, given at a different institution each year, by a figure distinguished in the history of printing or the book arts.

This year’s lecture will be given on Thursday, December 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ205) at the Library of Congress. The lecture will be given by book historian and scholar Sarah Werner. Dr. Werner worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library for nearly a decade—first as Undergraduate Program Director and then as Digital Media Strategist—and taught at universities on a wide range of subjects. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on modern performances of Shakespeare. She is the author of Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage (Routledge, 2001) and editor of New Directions in Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Her blog Wynken de Worde examines the intersections of books, early modern culture, and modern readers.

Call for Papers
“Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art”
April 26-27, 2019
University of Delaware 

A symposium hosted by the 
Center for Material Culture Studies
in collaboration with
UD Library, Museums & Press and the
College of Arts & Sciences’ Paul R. Jones Initiative

  Keynote Speakers: Jacqueline Goldsby (Yale University) & Meredith McGill (Rutgers University). Tia Blassingame (Scripps College)

Printer-in-Residence: Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. 

The question “What is a black book?” is implicit in the work of scholars and curators who examine histories of African American print production and reading. It is equally germane to artists and printers experimenting with the book and other print forms today. To address this question, “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art” will host an exchange of ideas across longstanding divides of discipline and practice. The symposium invites participation from individuals invested in books and other print objects as material forms, aesthetic inventions, circulating texts, and repositories of design. In this way, “Black Bibliographia” aims to build on a growing body of work in African American print culture—already rich in nineteenth-century studies—while also inviting a reassessment of the material life of black bookmaking and print production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The purpose of “Black Bibliographia: Print/Culture/Art,” is to think theoretically and practically about a number of questions: What are the aesthetics of black books, conceived in the broadest terms, and how can we bring book history, visual studies, and material culture into closer collaboration? In what ways has black textuality challenged the boundaries of print forms past and present, and how do the book arts make such interventions visible? How does attention to the innovations of print workers—from typesetters to booksellers to mimeograph operators—reframe black textuality?  From the strategic adoption of typographic conventions by black printers and publishers of the early twentieth century to the radical break from those conventions in the alternative press of the 1960s and ‘70s, how do the arts of the book speak to our conceptions and constructions of blackness? 

“Black Bibliographia” represents the second biennial conference sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware.  We invite participants from all fields—book artists, librarians, archivists, collectors, art historians, editors, digital humanists, and scholars working across the disciplines of literature, design, history, and Black Studies—to join us in critically investigating the past and futures of black bookmaking, paper arts, print cultures, and technologies of transmission, reproduction, and reading.  

Please send abstracts of 300 words, with a brief CV, by October 5, 2018, to materialculture@udel.eduPapers, artist talks, and other presentation formats welcome.

For information see

Organized by Jesse Erickson (Special Collections & English), Laura Helton (English), and Curtis Small (Special Collections)

Call for 2019 Denker Fellows Applications

Our Chapter is currently seeking undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in printing history, printing, or book arts to apply for the chapter’s Michael P. Denker Fellowships. Therefore, we are asking for your help to spread the word, to any academic contacts you may have or by alerting any eligible students you may know.A personal invitation to apply, from a Chesapeake Chapter member, is much more effective than an email blast.

The Chapter will provide a one-year membership in APHA and the opportunity to participate in a year of chapter activities, lectures, exhibitions, and visits. Chapter events provide valuable opportunities to meet and interact with the many letterpress printers, bibliophiles, collectors, librarians, and other printing history experts who make up the Chesapeake Chapter.

Our Chapter also enjoys access to a variety of major libraries, museums, and private collections with important book and printing history holdings, such as the Library of Congress, the Folger Library, and the Smithsonian, among many others.

Denker Fellows are asked to give a presentation on their interests, research, or coursework at an event in November 2019, at the Library of Congress. (See item on page 3 for information about this year’s Denker Fellows Symposium.) Each may also be asked for a short contribution to this publication.

The application is simple: send an email with a short statement of interest and background, along with complete contact information, and the name of a faculty contact at the applicant’s institution to Chris Sweterlitsch, Chesapeake Chapter secretary, at The deadline for applications is December 15, 2018.

Michael P. Denker was an active and beloved past president of the Chesapeake Chapter and an enthusiastic and accomplished letterpress printer who died in 2013. The Denker Fellowship has been established to honor and celebrate Mike’s commitment to getting young people interested in printing and printing history, and his great devotion to the Chesapeake Chapter.

For additional information contact George Barnum, Casey Smith, or Chris Sweterlitsch.

Lancaster Heritage Press Museum
and the .918 Club
Lancaster, PA

Our friends at the Lancaster Heritage Press Museum and the .918 Club are raising funds to finish the Heritage Press Education Center for the preservation and promotion of letterpress printing and the book arts.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology generously offered The .918 Club the use of the Naval Reserve Training Center building at its Orange Street campus. This 70-year old, 3,000-square-foot building needs to be restored to bring its systems up to code and be ADA compliant. The updated facility will greatly expand the classroom, studio and exhibition space available for workshops in letterpress printing, papermaking, bookbinding and other educational experiences. The construction work has already begun and continues as quickly as material and labor costs are funded by generous businesses and individuals.

Simply visit the campaign page and click donate. Even a small donation increases the number of supporters, helping trend the project upward on the website. An anonymous donor has offered to donate $1 for every $2 raised on Fundly this week. As an enticement, rewards are available, starting at just $10, with special rewards at $250 and $500 for workshops from Typothecary Letterpress Studio in Lancaster, PA and Lead Graffiti Studio in Newark, DE.