Calendar for the 2017 — 2018 Season

Per tradition, cocktails at 5:30pm - 1st Wednesdays, October through May, except as noted.

For the benefit of members, the following is the schedule for the current season.


September 23Houghton Library Pilgrimage
We saw monuments of early Massachusetts printing and treasures of the Printing and Graphic Arts Collection with Hope Mayo, The Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts. Peter X. Accardo, The Coordinator of Programs guided our tour through the library’s literary-themed rooms dedicated to Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell, John Keats, and Dr. Samuel Johnson. We also saw the Houghton’s fall exhibitions Altered States: Sex, Drugs and Transcendence in the Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library and The Russian Revolution: Actors and Witnesses in Harvard Library Collections.

October 4W.A. Dwiggins and the Promotion of Paper between 1915 and 1935
Pinch-hitting after our original speaker from a local newspaper was forced to cancel, Paul will present an illustrated talk on work Dwiggins designed and illustrated for the paper industry.

November 1Stephen Farrell: Configurations
Our speaker is a designer, painter, composer, and Associate Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will discuss why he woke a dead man’s hand to write, how he built a book from your DNA, and ultimately where he found an antidote for the maladies of making.

December 6 — The Seventh Annual Charles A. Rheault Lecture
Bill Glick and Steve Stinehour on Meriden Gravure and Stinehour Press
Members Glick and Stinehour will speak. Details are still being worked out, but of interest to members, Bill has written a history of Harold Hugo and Meriden recently published by Oak Knoll Press titled “In the Service of Scholarship”.

January 3To the Letter: The work of Kelsy Stromski, Catherine Owens, and Thy Doan
A panel discussion with local female designers: Kelsy Stromski of Refinery 43, Catherine Owens of Chalk & Ink, and Thy Doan of Pen & Palates. The panel will discuss design in context of hand lettering and illustration in chalk.

February 7Liz Resnick and Robert Wiesenberger “Basel to Boston in the 1950s: When Swiss Graphic Design Comes to Town
Designer, educator, author, and fellow member, Liz, and Robert, Critic at Yale School of art will speak about the emergence of the MIT Office of Publications. MIT became one of the most visible points of entry for the so called "Swiss-style," a distinctive, modernist approach to graphic design. Three women were largely responsible for its success. Therese Moll, Jacqueline Casey and Muriel Cooper.

March 7Daphne Geismar will speak on the subject of a personal project she is currently working on about her family’s experiences during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She will discuss her design process and choices along the way.

Tuesday April 3The 44rd Annual Dwiggins LectureDoug Scott, 2016 AIGA Fellow Award Recipient, designer and educator will present at the Boston Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116 - Tel: 617-536-5400.

May 2 — Return of the Pecha Kucha
The season concludes with a third PECHA KUCHA. Members will each deliver a brief illustrated talk on the topic of their “personal collections”.

If you would like to present, please notify a council member near you.


*The Society of Printers is a private organization.
  Meetings are open to members and their guests only.