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