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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. 

An Invitation from the
Baltimore Bibliophiles
Thursday, January 14 • 7 p.m.

Our friends in the Baltimore Bibliophiles have invited the Chesapeake Chapter to a program on Zoom this Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Edward C. Papenfuse, retired Maryland State Archivist will present A forgotten printer from Annapolis, Clementina Grierson Rind (1740?-1774) and her son William (1863-1842), a noted printer of the Canadian Provinces and Washington, D. C.

Clementina began her editing and typesetting career in Annapolis before moving to Virginia where she became Thomas Jefferson’s printer. The talk will be prefaced by a tribute to a former Baltimore Bib, Dr. Don Proctor, and his collection relating to Johns Hopkins which is in The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, the official archival repository for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

You can attend by sending a message to George Barnum, Chapter secretary or chapter member Doug McElrath, Baltimore Bibs President, who will send you the login information. 

History of the Printed Image Network (HoPIN)
Thursday, 21 January 2021,
2:00 pm US time 

August and Clare Imholtz send along this invitation for a very interesting program from the UK: You are cordially invited to the second online event organized by the History of the Printed Image Network (HoPIN). This online event will take place on Thursday, 21 January 2021, 17.00 UK time (GMT) (2:00 p.m. US time) There is no charge but booking is essential: link here: 2021/1/21/hopin-seminar .

The event will feature illustrated talks by two speakers on the subjects of woodcuts and wood-engraving. The Dunn Family of Chapbook Printers and the Woodcuts of ‘R.M.’ Barry McKay (independent researcher and antiquarian bookseller) John Dunn of Whitehaven was the first printer of chapbooks in Cumberland, after an interregnum when the business was in the control of his brother-in-law, his daughter Ann, and son Brownrigg Nicholson re-established and continued the tradition.

I will outline the history of the business during the second half of the eighteenth century before concentrating on the woodcuts used in their chapbooks. ‘An honourable, elegant and lucrative employment’: women and the practice of wood-engraving, 1830-1870. Dr Johanna Holmes (independent historian)

Throughout this period women were exhorted to participate as wood-engravers in the commercial production of visual imagery, on the grounds that an independent and artistically-satisfying living could be made. This talk focuses on three initiatives to facilitate this: William Harvey and John Jackson in the 1830s, the Department of Science and Art in the 1850s, and the Society for the Promotion of Employment for Women (SPEW) in the 1860s.

To join HoPIN (there is no membership fee) send a message to Dr. John Hinks at Birmingham City University. 

“The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book: A Documentary Screening”
Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST
James Kennard, Filmmaker

Please register via:

“The Book Makers,” an acclaimed new documentary, profiles the diverse people–artisans, authors, collectors, historians–who have dedicated their lives to answering the question: what should books become in the digital age? From modest workshops to the Internet Archive’s vast digital holdings, the film spins a tale of the book’s enduring vitality. Stars of the show include up-and-comers as well as names familiar to Grolierites, including Peter Koch and Russell Maret, all reinventing the artistry and craft of bookmaking. Q&A with filmmaker James Kennard will follow the one-hour screening.

The event is free.

The Chesapeake Chapter 2021 calendar is live
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A video exhibition of “Out of Sort$”
a letterpress collaboration of the Chesapeake Chapter
June 2020


An image near the end of the session (described below) of the Apha Chesapeake Chapter online gathering.



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.