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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

December Luncheon

Friday December 12, 2014, Union League Club

Doug Fitzgerald

“You're Invited: A Party Celebrating RR Donnelley's 150th Birthday. Yes, There Will be Cake!”

After 10 years at RR Donnelley, mostly as Executive Vice-President of Communications, Caxtonian Doug Fitzgerald knows what he’s talking about as he draws on his carefully curated collection of company-related materials to highlight exciting moments from the organization’s illustrious past. Using meticulous research, Doug will illuminate this great Canadian/American success story. You will learn why RR’s inlaws did not want their daughter to marry him, which political convention was influenced by Donnelley’s printing, how many goat skins it took to produce 30,000 sets of reference books, what the Donnelley Comfort Club was and much more. There will be a “pass-the-100-year-old-stuff-around-the-room” fun fest not to miss. Doug will also chronicle the advantageous Caxton/Donnelley Connection, started in 1895, the year of our founding and not yet finished with 3 Donnelleys and company employees as Caxtonians today.

December luncheon: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (room 710) opens at 11:30 am; program (room 700) 12:30-1:30. Lunch is $32. For reservations, call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org. Please reserve or cancel by Wednesday for Friday lunch. Reserved non-attendees will be billed.

December Dinner

Wednesday, December 17, Newberry Library

Annual Revels and Auction

December 17 at the Newberry Library, our Annual Revels with silent auction will test your furtive bidding skills. There’s also a live auction conducted by Tom Joyce. Join your Caxton friends for spirits, dinner, and the fellowship of the season. Social hour begins at 5, and festivities end at 9:30. Reservations will be required.

View the auction catalog (PDF).

December Dinner: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street.

January Luncheon

Take a person with a private press, a papermaking enterprise, a body of great book design, and a devilish wit. Add a speaker named Dempsey to tell his story, and you’ve got a knockout January luncheon. You’ll want to be ringside January 9 for this lavishly illustrated talk about the versatile Walter Hamady!

January Dinner

We’ll meet January 21 at the Union League Club for Paul Gehl of the Newberry Library on “Collecting Type on the Page: Americans Collect Printing History 1900-1950.” Changed order: drinks at 5, talk at 6, with dinner to follow.