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

2022 Roycroft Campus Spring History Course

Spring 2022 History Course

The Roycroft Campus is offering its annual Spring History Course. All four presentations will be offered virtual, with three presentations having an in-person option as well. This semester’s program will be a mixture of the personal, artistic, unusual, and rare corners of Roycroft History. We are excited to bring back Robert Rust for a talk on copper artist, Victor Toothacker. Followed by Program Director, Alan Nowicki offering an eclectic mix of Roycroft stories. Virtual classes take place on Zoom, Saturday mornings at 11:00am EST. The in-person presentations take place on the Campus Wednesday/Thursday evenings at 7pm. Please check dates per lecture. Guests registering for the History Course can attend the virtual, in-person or both presentation options.

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

Click here to REGISTER for the whole course

The Roycroft Members price would normally be $40, but as a special thank you for supporting us over this past few years 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.

Individual presentations (virtually or in person) are available for $20 per person.

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 Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Session 1: The Elusive Coppersmith - Victor Toothaker

Saturday, April 23rd at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

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Spring History Course 1

Victor Toothacker would take over the Roycroft Copper Shop after widely known Karl Kipp left to open his own Tookay Shop. Toothacker would quietly transform the Copper Shop creating some of the most iconic Roycroft pieces (American Beauty vase) and overseeing the Roycroft’s largest commission, furnishing the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Antique dealer and historian Robert Rust brings us the story of this elusive coppersmith.

Session 2: The Roycroft Fact or Fiction - April Fool's

Thursday, April 28th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, April 30th at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

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History Sp22 Session 2

The History of the Roycroft is filled with some very unusual tales, some of which are rather hard to believe. This presentation is filled with strange stories of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters. Some of these stories are completely true, while other are made-up. Come along on this fun-filled adventure and see if you can tell which are fact and which are fiction.

Session 3: Royal Craft: The History of the Roycroft Through the Lens of Six Artwork

Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 14th at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

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Hisotry Course Session 3

Elbert Hubbard was a Gilded Age businessman who left his industrial life to create the Roycroft, one of the first Arts and Crafts communities in America. A brief history of the site will be told through historical photographs and the examination of six artworks housed on the Campus. The story behind each of these unique artifacts is the tale of the Roycroft itself; from the philosophy of Hubbard, the ideals of the movement, the artists who created these objects, and its widespread appeal at the beginning of the 20th century.

Session 4: The Lost Treasures of the Roycroft

Wednesday, May 18th at 7pm EST – IN-PERSON at the Power House

Saturday, May 21st at 11am EST – VIRTUAL

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History Course Session 4

As the Roycroft Campus collection continues to grow we often dream of those elusive or lost Roycroft treasures that may be out there, waiting to be found. Take this interesting adventure to learn of the Roycroft connection to the Major Leagues and the Wyeth family, and view some of the unique, one-of-a-kind Roycroft items, such as paintings, artifacts, lamps and recordings, that we hope to one day rediscover.

Robert Rust

Bob Rust

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.

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.