Coming Events Details

Ticknor Show and Tell

Tuesday, December 10, 6PM, First Church, Back Bay

Join us for our popular annual Show and Tell event, when Ticknorites bring their favorite collectables to share with us. This year we'll hear from: Sid Berger on 50 years of collecting in 10 minutes flat; Pat Boulos on "(Life is) a journey, not a destination"; Kenneth W. Rendell on an item with a Boston connection from his Western Americana collection; Shannon Struble on Gwen Frostic and Presscraft Papers: A Michigander Rediscovers Her Home State; and Nancy Upper on "Diggings from Many Ampersandhogs," the 1936 Christmas publication of the New York Typophiles.

A Tour of the Treasures of the State Library of Massachusetts

Thursday, January 9th from 3:30 to 5:30, at the State House Room 341, 24 Beacon Street

Head of Special Collections Beth Carroll-Horrocks and Preservation Librarian Elizabeth Roscio will give a presentation on the State Library's history and collections, and show examples of holdings from the Special Collections Department. Formats will include maps, atlases, manuscripts, legislative papers, broadsides, rare books, and directories.

Before the Library presentation, Ticknor Society members are encouraged to tour the State House itself through the Tours and Government Education Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office. Tours are given by staff and volunteers well-versed in the history and architectural background of the building. The tours are given weekdays year-round from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, and are free of charge. For more details, see: HERE

A special Hands-on Letterpress workshop at Lamont Library, Harvard, Wed. Jan. 29, 3-5PM.

Upper case, lower case, points and fonts. They have a long and interesting history. Hope Mayo, Lecturer for Houghton Library, offers a hands-on workshop that will deepen your understanding of how books were made between 1450 and the early 19th century. Learn about the history and technology of moveable type and set type yourself. Try your hand at operating an iron press and print a keepsake to take with you. We can only accommodate 12 people. If you would like to join us, please email Dale Stinchcomb Email :HERE


A Field Trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Library on Saturday, March 14.

Save the date! This is a great opportunity to visit one of the best museums in New England. We'll provide more information soon about our time schedule and how to get to the Museum.

"Anna Ticknor and the Society to Encourage Studies at Home," with Marie Oedel and Cheryl Mariolis

Sunday, March 15 at 2PM, Forsyth Chapel at the Forest Hills Cemetery

Join Marie Oedel and Cheryl Mariolis as they once again talk about Anna Eliot Ticknor and her Society to Encourage Studies at Home, hosted by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society during Women's History month.

For those who have not attended the prior lectures, Anna founded the first correspondence school in America in 1873. For $2.00 a year, anywhere there was mail delivery, any woman over 17 could take 1 of 39 courses by exchanging letters with a female teacher in the Boston area. If you were unable to buy the course materials needed, they would be sent to you from the library Anna established. Marie and Cheryl will share new images and information of how Anna learned about a similar society in England, how she adapted it to the needs of American women, and additional examples of women's lives who were changed as a result of participating in the Society.

Talk by Robert Grandchamp, winner of the first George and Anna Eliot Ticknor Book and Book Culture Collecting Prize

Saturday, May 2nd at 11:30AM, New England Historic Genealogical Society in the Education Center, 99 - 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116

Robert Grandchamp, who is the winner of the Ticknor Society's first George and Anna Eliot Ticknor Collecting Prize, will share how he started his Civil War collection, pursued it, and how that pursuit changed his life in his Ticknor Prizewinner Presentation, "Collecting a Regiment. He has been collecting items related to the Civil War since he was fifteen, with a special focus on the Seventh Rhode Island Volunteers. Robert earned his MA in American History from Rhode Island College. He is the award-winning author of fifteen books and many articles on Rhode Island military history. In 2007, he won the Stillwell Prize for collecting from the Providence based John Russell Bartlett Society. He is a former National Park Ranger and for the last ten years has been a senior analyst with the Federal government. Robert resides with his wife Elizabeth and their children in historic Jericho Center, Vermont.