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

Zooming to You: The Chesapeake Chapter
will join the Digital Age 
Monday, April 27 – 7:15pm


Above print by Casey Smith.

To be included you must have shown an interest by emailing to the address below. You will be sent an email with the sign-on link. You will not be able to connect without that link.

As the Chesapeake Chapter finds itself, along with the rest of the known world, in a new and unexplored region, we’ve decided to try out the technology-du-jour to arrange a couple of virtual Chapter events while everyone is sheltering in place.

We’re working out the details to have a Chapter get-together by Webex, sometime in the next week or ten days. This first attempt will be a chance to check in and hear what other members are working on and thinking about. If this first attempt is successful, we have some ideas for subsequent sessions.

We’d like to choose a day that looks good for as many interested members as possible, so please send an email to George Barnum at the Chapter gmail account <> with your preferences from the following dates:

Wednesday, April 22 at 11 am
Thursday, April 23 at 3 pm or 7 pm 
Saturday, April 25 at 10 am 
Monday, April 27 at 3 pm or 7 pm

We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 

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.