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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

February Luncheon

Friday, February 13, Union League Club

Anita Mechler

“A Rich Source of Chicago and US History: The Union League Archives!”

“Can’t find Anita? She’s in the Archives!”

As Head Librarian and Archivist at the Union League Club, Anita will deliver a well-illustrated historical talk from a different perspective: a group of successful business persons with money, talent and a burning loyalty to their city and their country. Hear, for example, why Chicago’s World Columbian Exposition of 1893 was considered (even by neutral observers), to be a Union League Club affair, including crucial contributions from Harlowe Higinbothan. Al Capone was done in by the Secret Six: 6 strong men whose names have never been officially revealed to this day, but, there they are, 5 of the 6, in Club history! Learn about the Club’s deep involvement in WWI, spelled out in a priceless WWI Scrapbook, lovingly saved by Anita from certain death, (red rot, brittle acidic paper). This item and archival materials will be on view.

A final treat from Anita: you will hear of her unbelievable pre-librarian career, one never imagined possible.

February Dinner

February 18 at the Newberry Library, marking the 120th Anniversary of the Club. Features: highlights of the last 20 years, an anniversary bookmark, anniversary cake, a caval- cade of memories inspired by some “old traditions,” grant award winner projects, surprises, and our Caxton Club bar. Speaker: Club expert Dan Crawford!

March Luncheon

Herb Lubalin (1918-1981), a brilliant graphic arts designer and director, who delivered shock and delight while profoundly changing our perception of letter forms, words and language, is the subject of artist and teacher Neil Steinberg’s March 13 heavily illustrated talk, including Herb’s extensive work with Ralph Ginsberg.

March Dinner

We will meet March 18 at the Union League Club to hear John Neal Hoover, of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, talk on “Mississippi Mystery, Henry Lewis and the English Edition of One of the Greatest 19th-Century American Illustrated Books,” Das Illustrirte Mississippithal. Social hour at 5, dinner at 6, presentation to follow.