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January Dinner

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Union League Club

Sarah Pritchard

“The Chicago Collections Consortium: Connecting Resources, Enhancing Access, and Preserving History”

Sarah Pritchard is the Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Collections Consortium and will discuss the Consortium’s progress in uniting major institutional archives in a collaborative effort to share the history and culture of the Chicago region. Her presentation will feature the Consortium’s online portal “Explore Chicago Collections” which enhances public access to the archives of Chicago’s top institutions. This will be an exciting program for all having a research or other interest in a Chicago topic.

January Dinner: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd. The evening will follow this order: Social gathering, 5-6 pm. Program, 6 pm. Three-course dinner following the program. Program only is free and open to the public. Drinks, $7-$10. Dinner, $60. RESERVATIONS are required for either the program only or the program/dinner combination. Reservations MUST be made no later than noon Monday, January 16. Dinner CANCELLATIONS or no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312-255- 3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org.

February Luncheon

Friday, February 10, Union League Club

Lee Pollock

“Churchill: Reader, Writer, Leader”

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.”

That’s one promise that Winston Churchill kept. You could spend a lifetime reading Churchill (as well as working through all that has been, and continues to be, written about him). Churchill wrote more than 50 books, composed hundreds of articles, served as a war correspondent (where he was captured and survived a hair-raising escape), and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Even if you haven’t devoted your life to Churchill’s works, you’ll want to dedicate a luncheon to them, especially as our speaker will be Lee Pollock. His generously illustrated presentation will draw on his experience as executive director of the Churchill Centre and as a trustee and advisor to the board of the Winston Churchill Society. Come, watch, and listen as he transports us to the library at Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, where he solidified his reputation as reader, writer and leader.

February 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 $32. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

February Dinner
February 15, 2017, Union League Club

February 15, 2017, at the Union League Club, Jim Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry with a program designed to intrigue both map and book collectors. Full details to follow.

March Luncheon
March 10, 2017, Union League Club

Love being first to know? Attend and hear U of I’s Sarah Lindenbaum share her hot-off-the-press research into the life and library of Frances Wolfreston, a remarkable woman who amassed an intriguing library during the 17th century.

March Dinner
March 15, 2017, Union League Club

John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, on Beyond Caxton’s Printing Press: From the Short Title Catalog to an Open-Access, High-Fidelity Online Collection of Early English Books.


As is our custom, there will be no luncheon in April. Watch for information about the May and June luncheon programs.

April Dinner
April 19, 2017, Union League Club

Richard P. Minsky, founder of the Center for the Book Arts, New York City, on American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings.

May Dinner
May 17, 2017, Union League Club

Speaker to be announced

June Dinner
June 21, 2017, Union League Club

Anna Chen, curator of rare books and manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and chair, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Planning Committee, on Gwendolyn Brooks: A Year of Celebration.