Inspired by Elbert Hubbard’s own belief in stimulating his workers with lectures, the Roycroft is excited to bring speakers back to the Campus.
The Roycroft Campus is offering a Fall Lecture Series. The presentations will be offered both in-person and virtually through Zoom. Our first talk will explore the complexities of the “Fine” press, especially William Morris Kelmscott Press the inspiration for Hubbard and the Roycroft. Next, Fulbright Scholar, Sarah Woods will examine “The Whole Mind”, and why the creative arts is so important. Finally, a special presentation on Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first woman architect. In person talks are Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Roycroft Power House except where stated below. Virtual talks take place on Zoom, Saturday mornings at 11:00am EST.
Individual presentations are available for $20 per person or buy the series for $50.
For Roycroft Campus Members – Individual presentations are available for $10 per person or buy the series for $25.
Members please call the Roycroft Campus to register for this program, or call to become a Member at 716-655-0261.
All proceeds go to support the educational programming and restoration of the Roycroft Campus.
The Roycroft History Course is made possible by the County of Erie and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
William Morris and his cohort of designers, printers, bookbinders, writers, and friends founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891 as a reactionary response against cheap mass printing and (to their mind) shoddy design work. Running for a short seven years but producing an intense array of beautiful objects, like most of Morris’s endeavors the Kelmscott Press was a complicated mix of aesthetic desires, a fight for workers’ rights, art for the affluent, and a celebration of the historic. This presentation will touch on the various facets of the Kelmscott Press, and its influence on American printing.
Creativity, as Ruskin points out, is a process that brings out the whole mind. Drawing on Ruskin, Morris and the history of Roycroft, this lecture will explore the importance of the creative arts: for us as individuals, and for the wider world.
Buffalo-based Louise Blanchard Bethune, FAIA (1856-1913) was the first professional woman architect in the United States. Despite Bethune’s fame during her lifetime, she is an enigma. Hayes McAlonie has sought to change that through a series of initiatives to shed light on this hidden figure of American architecture. Her most recent project is Bethune’s biography, published by SUNY Press. Hayes McAlonie will share her insights on the life and career of this widely-unknown trailblazer and describe the obstacles Bethune encountered in pursuing architecture and her many victories along the way.