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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 or look for the membership form in last month’s Chapter Notes. 

Picturing the Big Shop
Baltimore Bibliophiles Zoom Talk
April 20, 7 p.m.

The Baltimore Bibliophiles are inviting the Chesapeake Chapter to join them for a Zoom presentation by George Barnum, who will speak about his 2017 book, Picturing the Big Shop: Photos of the U.S. Government Publishing Office 1900-1980, Tuesday, April 20.

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George is retired Agency Historian of the GPO. During his tenure with the agency, he coordinated its history program and cared for its collections of photographs and historic documents.

Contact George to get the Zoom details.

Chesapeake Chapter Print Exchange

We’re mixing it up a bit this year with a Printer’s Trading Card series!

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.
  • Required Information to 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

Email Don Starr ( to indicate interest in participating by April 10.

Printed trading cards are due June 1, 2021. Details about submission will follow.

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.