Roycroft History Course: Hubbard II – November 28th


Roycroft History Course:

Bert Hubbard: The Forgotten Son Who Saved the Roycroft

Saturday, November 28th | 11:00 am EST

Elbert Hubbard II, known as Bert, was the first child of Elbert and Bertha Hubbard. He would grow up watching his father transform the Roycroft from a single printing press to an Arts & Crafts community of hundreds of artisans. Bert worked in various positions around the Roycroft, but never dreamed he’d find himself in charge in May 1915, after his father was killed aboard the Lusitania. Bert would go on to run the Shops longer than his father, becoming a leader not only at the Roycroft, but throughout East Aurora. Mr. Rust will lead us on the journey of Bert Hubbard, how he saved the Roycroft, cementing its legacy in the Arts & Crafts world, and his life after the Campus closed.

Robert Rust

Robert is a USPAP Professional Personal Property Appraiser in good standing and an Accredited Member of the National Association of  Appraisers . His specializes in Fine and Decorative Arts, especially Arts and Crafts Era Decorative Arts, Antiquarian books and late 19th and early 20th century paintings, prints, photography and furniture.

Mr. Rust studied Photography and Art History at Arizona State University and graduated with a B.S. in Historic Preservation and Photography at S.U.N.Y. Empire State.

Mr. Rust has owned 2R Fine Arts Appraisals since 1988. Previously he was the co-owner of the Roycroft Inn (1982-1987) and the Roycroft Shops ( 1979-2000) and the 2R Fine Arts Gallery in East Aurora New York. He was a founding member and a past-president (1984-1986) and life-member of The Roycrofters-At-Large-Association.He also was the founding president of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County (New York) in 1980.

He has authored and co-authored  a half-dozen books on the Arts and Crafts Movement and is considered an expert in this field of study. He lectures and consults with museums and private collectors nationally.

He has lived in Denver, Colorado since 2000 in a 1922 Pueblo Revival home.



$20 tuition – zoom link will be provided by email the week of the event.

Registration is required.

All proceeds benefit the continued preservation & restoration of the historic Roycroft Campus.