May 2018 Luncheon Meeting

  • 05/11/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Event Administrator
  • Registrant will pay ULC directly for meal

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J. Kevin Graffagnino

“The Pioneer Americanists”

Friday, May 11, Union League Club

One of our most popular speakers is coming back!  Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, will offer a captivating look at the lives and careers of eight generations of outstanding Americanists prior to 1900.

His generously-illustrated presentation will feature books, manuscripts and pictorial material about noteworthy specialists who created and nurtured the Americana field from the late 17th through the 19th Centuries.  Drawing on rarities from the remarkable collections of the Clements, Graffagnino will offer a panoramic window on the early story of Americana appreciation, collecting and description. 

Graffagnino started an antiquarian book business to help pay his way through college.  History degrees in hand, he's held a variety of curatorial and administrative positions at universities and state historical societies. 

Make your May luncheon reservation today!

May luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. 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; no-shows will be billed for the meal. No charge for attendance without the meal, but please reserve.  Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail

Members may also register and pay in advance at this site ( No online cancellations.


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710