Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Aldus Society

Aldus Society members learned much this year from a host of fascinating speakers. In January, our members talked about books they use in their work, what they collect, and authors they savor. February’s cold wind brought OSU professor Jared Gardner who spoke about newspapers and gossip sheets. The March winds favored us with Bob Fleck as the Ravenberg speaker who regaled us with tales of Oak Knoll books and press. Spring arrived along with Joy Kiser and her beautifully illustrated book about Ohio birds and nests. Harry Campbell, OSU Conservator, wrapped up the year with a description of an intensive conservation treatment on 15th-century religious tracts.
Our newsletter overflowed with words and pictures this summer. Seven Aldus members contributed articles with topics ranging from book collections of presidents and collectors’ wonderful acquisitions, to a literary jaunt to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables; from eccentric book dealers to books about archaeological finds. You can find our newsletter here.
Over the summer, there is a picnic planned, some book fairs, at least one book crawl with lunch, and some down-time until September. It will give our members time to read, collect, and rearrange their many books and find some new favorite authors.
The fall brings with it monthly programs starting with a September talk about Ohio archaeology by Dr. Jarrod Burks. Nancy Down, head librarian at the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University will talk about their print collection and Bobby & Sara Rosenstock of justAjar Design + Press in Marietta Ohio will speak about graphic design and letterpress. The fall season concludes with our ever popular December holiday dinner and silent auction.
Interspersed between lectures are field trips and library exhibits, including First Saturday exhibits and talks at The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, where members learn about special collections, rare books, and much more. The Aldus Society meets at 7:30pm on the second Thursday of each month from September through May at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Come early and enjoy refreshments and delicious cookies baked by our members. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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