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The Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association presents an all-day exploration of printing history in Los Angeles.
Please join us on Saturday, December 8, for “Where Bohemians Gathered: Exploring Los Angeles Printing History Along the Arroyo Seco.”
During the early decades of the 20th century, scholars, artists, craftsmen, publishers, booksellers, and collectors lived and worked near the banks of the Arroyo Seco, creating a local culture that today seems ideal. Collocated around publisher and editor Charles Fletcher Lummis, the neighborhood attracted writers, printers, and bookbinders, including Clyde Browne, Idah Meacham Strobridge, Mary Austin, Ward Ritchie, and Alice Millard. Time (and the construction of the Pasadena Freeway) put an end to the area’s bonhomie, but these individuals and their works bestowed a lasting legacy on the book and print culture of the Southland.
The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Occidental College with an opportunity to view an exhibition on the people and events that made the Arroyo a significant nexus of printing history. Coffee and pastries will be served. At 10:30 a.m., noted California historian Gary Kurutz will give a talk, “A Southland Bohemia: Print Culture on the Arroyo Seco,” that will put the exhibition and the day’s activities in context. The group will move on to the nearby house of Charles Flecther Lummis for a box lunch and guided tour of the galleries and grounds. We’ll continue on to the Abbey San Encino, home of Clyde Browne, for an exclusive tour of this historic and significant structure. For those interested in driving to nearby points of interest after the Abbey tour, there will be time to do so before sunset.
Registration is all-inclusive, covering the lecture and exhibit, the tours, morning refreshments, a box lunch, and a letterpress-printed keepsake. For more information or to register, please contact email@example.com or visit aphasocal.org.