Inspired by Elbert Hubbard’s own belief in stimulating his workers with lectures, the Roycroft is excited to bring back speakers to the Campus.

2021 Roycroft Campus Spring History Course

Roycroft History Course - Spring 2021

The Roycroft Campus will once again offer a virtual History Course this Spring. This semester’s program will be an in-depth look at the life of Elbert Hubbard, from growing up in the Midwest, his work at the Larkin Soap Company and the formation of the Roycroft. We will look at the people and ideas that inspired him and some of the contradictions of his life. Roycroft Program Director, Alan Nowicki will lead each class, which takes place on Zoom, Saturday mornings at 11:00am this March and April.

The Roycroft History Course is $50 for the general public and includes all 4 presentations.

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The Roycroft Members price would normally be $40, but as a special thank you for supporting us over this past year we are offering this program FREE. Registration is still required. Members please call the Roycroft Campus to register for this program for FREE, 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 with funding from Erie County, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Saturday, March 13th at 11am EST

Elbert Hubbard Session 1: The Early years

Elbert Hubbard at 16

Week one will explore Elbert’s parents and siblings, his youth growing up in the Midwest, and his time with the Larkin Soap Company. We will learn of Bertha Crawford, his love for horses and the move to East Aurora, New York.

Saturday, March 20th at 11am EST

Elbert Hubbard Session 2: Inspirations and New Beginnings

Elbert Hubbard at 25

Elbert Hubbard at 25

Week two will examine the people, ideas and travel that will inspire Elbert to leave the Larkin Soap Company and begin to write, eventually leading to the construction of the first Roycroft Print Shop.

Saturday, April 3rd at 11am EST

Elbert Hubbard Session 3: The Roycroft Message

Elbert Hubbard at 42

Elbert Hubbard at 42

With the publishing of “A Message to Garcia,” Hubbard becomes known worldwide. The Roycroft would continue to expand at a rapid pace, spreading their hand-crafted products and philosophy around the country, until a scandal almost destroys everything.

Saturday, April 10th at 11am EST

Elbert Hubbard Session 4: From Big Ideas to a Final Voyage

Elbert Hubbard at 56

Elbert Hubbard at 56

Multiple changes in leadership, technology, and philosophy at the Roycroft will lead to new products, clients, commissions, and trouble. As Elbert navigates between happiness, his beliefs and keeping the Roycroft running, fate catches up to him.

Alan Nowicki

Alan Nowicki

Alan Nowicki

Mr. Nowicki came to the Roycroft Campus in 2010 by way of PBS. He is responsible for all classes and programming on the Campus, including tours, instructors and workshops, the Roycroft art shows, the Roycroft Film Society and Book Club, and special events throughout the year. He also helps maintain the Campus website, as well as the training and handling of volunteers and docents. He has 15 years of experience working in educational programming, professional development and community outreach.

Mr. Nowicki has also been a teacher for more than 20 years, having taught in every grade level from Pre-K through college, specializing in art and history. He has given multiple talks around the region on Elbert Hubbard and the history of the Roycroft Campus.