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October Luncheon

Friday, October 13, Union League Club

Guy Fraker

“Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency”

Even the remarkably tall Abraham Lincoln needed a boost to his political career and as a young lawyer he found it traveling Illinois’ 8th Judicial Circuit. Join Guy Fraker as he takes us on a wonderfully illustrated and captivating journey along the circuit … where Lincoln developed his reputation and made life-changing contacts. It’s a rare look at Lincoln’s formative years and a treasure trove of wonderful Lincoln stories. He’ll also reveal how his 8th Circuit colleagues played the pivotal role in securing Lincoln’s presidential nomination during the boisterous convention held right here in Chicago.

Mr. Fraker has written two books about the Lincoln Circuit, including one that — fingers crossed! — will be available and still warm from the presses at our luncheon. It’s a lavishly illustrated Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit for those who’d like to trace his footsteps (well, his horse’s footsteps) across the region. Much in demand as a speaker, Mr. Fraker has appeared on public television, helped to curate museum exhibits, and delivered presentations at venues ranging from Harvard’s Boston Club to Gettysburg’s historic battlefield.

October luncheon:Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call (312) 255 -3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.

October Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, Newberry Library

Katherine Hamilton-Smith

“The Teich Postcard Archive; Its Development and Significance”

In 2016 the Newberry Library received from the Lake County Forest Preserve District the Teich Archive, the world’s largest public collection of picture postcards. Katherine Hamilton-Smith, founding curator of the archives, will provide a look at the Curt Teich Company of Chicago and the curatorial development of the collection. Chicago is the birthplace of the American picture postcard with the first cards printed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Ms. Hamilton-Smith will explain how the cards, made for transitory enjoyment and communication, have gained an enduring documentary power and historical significance. A special selection of cards from the remarkable archive will be available for Caxtonian viewing. Katherine Hamilton-Smith is a Certified Archivist and member of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council and Illinois State Archives Advisory Board. Having managed the growth of the Teich archive for over three decades she is now the Director of Public Affairs and Development for the Lake County Forest Preserve District. This meeting will also pay tribute to past presidents of the Caxton Club.

October Dinner: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton. The evening will follow this order: 5-5:30, Social gathering in Ruggles Hall; 5:30-6:30, Viewing of selected cards from the collection; 6:30, Program with dinner immediately to follow. Drinks, $5. Dinner, $63. Program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for either the program only or the dinner/program combination. Reservations must be received no later than NOON Monday, October 16. Dinner cancellations and no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Members may also register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.

November Luncheon

Friday, November 10, Union League Club

Mike VanBlaricum

Bond. James Bond. Cue the music, look for the man in the dinner jacket who is winning big at the baccarat table, and shake - don’t stir - the martinis. Mike VanBlaricum will be speaking about Collecting Ian Fleming. He’ll draw on his own remarkable assemblage and also share the secrets of the Ian Fleming Foundation, which Bond might have described with a cryptic pun as, “a driving force.”

Online reservation link for members

November Dinner

Wednesday, November 15, Union League Club

Russell Maret

“Motivations and Second Guesses or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Book”

Russell will discuss his motivations in type design and letterpress printing within the historical context of the typographic book. Along the way he will touch on the technological considerations, artistic yearnings, and a smattering of neuroses that have impacted and shaped his work. In addition to our speaker’s presentation we present our 2017 grant winners with their awards and invite our past grant recipients to join us for this dinner.

Russell Maret is a type designer and printer known for his elaborately printed fine press books. He apprenticed under Peter Koch, moved to Firefly Press, and then started his own firm. He has received the Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome, and his works are held by many leading institutions. In 2013 the Library of Congress began acquiring Russell’s archives of type and book design.

November dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering, 5-6 pm, Program, 6 pm. Dinner immediately to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Dinner, $63. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for either the Program only or the Program/Dinner combination by NO LATER THAN NOON, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13. Cancellations or no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

Payment for reservations made by phone or e-mail will be collected at the event, cash or check only. Caxton Club members may register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.

December Luncheon

Friday, December 8, Union League Club

Isaac Tobin

Judging A Book By Its Cover

December will have us reaching for our warm jackets, so let’s make jackets the theme of an entertaining luncheon as well. Join University of Chicago Press designer Isaac Tobin as he reveals what goes into creating a book jacket that stops you in your tracks and gets you reaching for the shelf.

December Dinner

Wednesday, December 13

Note: second Wednesday of the month

Newberry Library

Annual Caxton Club FunRaising Revels – dinner, raffle, live auction and entertainment featuring Paper Music – a new twist to a long tradition.

January Luncheon

Friday, January 12, 2018, Union League Club

Steve Tomashefsky

Audubon: Under The Feathers

After you’ve filled and emptied the Union League’s delightful luncheon plates, you’ll look up and enjoy perhaps the most famous plates in all of publishing, as Caxtonian Steve Tomashefsky’s presentation takes wing with a tale of tails and feathers and Audubon.