FRI > MARCH 31, 5:30 –9 PM
IN THE DAYLIGHT:
SAT > APRIL 1, 12–5 PM
SUN > APRIL 2, 12–5 PM
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm
The Paul C. Nicholson Whaling Collection is comprised of 750 manuscript logbooks describing 1,000 whaling voyages, as well as several thousand printed books on whaling. Special Collections Curator Jordan Goffin welcomes members of the NEGBW to learn about the history and the context of the Collection, and to view and handle volumes that document his quintessential New England industry.
This will be a great opportunity to explore the world’s second largest and a very important collection of whaling logbooks that traveled in the boats that followed the whales all over the world. Topics to be addressed will include bindings and cover materials, both intended and improvised. Also on view will be methods and artifacts of record-keeping while on board the whaling ships, including wood and whalebone stamps carved in the shape of specific whale species (and their flukes) — and used to record sightings and slayings. There will be examples of scrimshaw, harpoons and possibly a narwhal tusk! More details on the Collection are here.
The event is free to New England Chapter Guild of Book Workers Members, but limited to 12 attendees, as space for viewing the collection is restricted. Please sign up by emailing Martha Kearsley at email@example.com
If you’re planning to travel by commuter rail from Boston, please check the Providence/Stoughton Line Saturday Schedule Commuter trains travel between Boston’s South Station and Providence Station, which is a 10 – 15 minute walk or drive to Providence Public Library.
Members attending should gather in the library lobby at 12:45. Those who arrive earlier are encouraged to visit the library’s current exhibit On the Table.
We are still seeking volunteers (members and non-members welcome) for this upcoming event. It’s a great way to introduce the craft of bookbinding to future generations.
The New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers for our Girl Scout event this year. Once again we will be partnering with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. offering programs for Cadette scouts (age 11-14) to earn a Book Artist badge while also offering a program for younger scouts.
The events will be held Saturday March 25th at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. We will run a three-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00-12:00 and then have a two-hour program for younger girls from 1:00-3:00. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!
For the Cadettes we will do an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. For the younger girls we will do some similar programming in a shorter time frame with only four rotations.
If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the girl scouts please make some suggestions.
You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Erin Fletcher, Chapter Chair