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MEETINGS & SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

 

January Luncheon

Friday, January 12, Union League Club

Steven Tomashefsky

“Audubon: Under The Feathers”

“Did you say this guy is famous for two pictures of elephants?”

“No. I said that his reputation was made on the Double Elephant Folio.”

His names graces a Society that is dedicated to protecting the birds that skim the skies and paddle in the ponds. His works are eagerly sought by collectors.

He’s John James Audubon and he was as American as apple pie. Except he wasn’t. From whence did he spring and how did he become one of our most famous artists and ornithological experts? And say again, just what did he have for supper?

We’ll learn all of that and more as Caxtonian Steve Tomashefsky reveals Audubon’s hidden history and shares some of his own collecting adventures. It’s not surprising that Steve gravitated to Audubon, who was the first to put bands on birds, as he started his own career helping to put bands on record labels. After graduating from the U of C Law School, he’s won over stone-faced juries and hard-nosed judges, but at January’s luncheon, he’ll be making the case for collecting, for a crackling good story, and for JJ Audubon!

January luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $35. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Caxton Club members may register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.

January Dinner

Wednesday, January 17, Union League Club

Stephen Grant

“Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger”

Brush up on your Shakespeare collecting with author Stephen Grant as he shares with us the remarkable story of Henry and Emily Folger. The Folger's devotion to each other was matched only by their passion for Shakespeare. Working as a team, the two carefully managed Henry's fortune as a Standard Oil executive to assemble a fabulous collection for the American people.

Secretly the Folgers acquired the prime real estate by the Library of Congress for their elegant library, reading and exhibitions rooms, and Elizabethan theater. Stephen Grant was given unprecedented access to the Folger's materials to tell the story of the collection and the lives behind it. He is a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and his warmly received book Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger will be available for sale and signing.

January dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. The evening will follow this order: social gathering, 5-6pm; program 6pm; dinner to follow. Program is free and open to the public. Beverages $6-$12. Dinner: $63. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED for either the Program only or the Program/Dinner combination by NO LATER THAN NOON, MONDAY, JANUARY 15. Cancellations or no shows made after that time will require payment. To reserve call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org. Caxton Club members may register and pay in advance online. No online cancellations.