2006-2007 Schedule


Dale Schwie - Highlights From a Private Collection

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, September 19

  • Marshall Fields Performance Hall
  • Open Book
  • 1011 Washington Ave. S.
  • Minneapolis

"At this evening's presentation, a collaboration between MCBA and The Ampersand Club, Dale Schwie presents selections from his extensive collection of Henry David Thoreau work illustrated by Herbert W. Gleason. As an independent researcher, Schwie has lectured across the United States and offers a unique perspective on the photographic work of Gleason." - MCBA


Twin Cities Book Festival

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Saturday, October 14

"Rain Taxi proudly presents the sixth annual TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL Featured speakers and events: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mary Roach, Bapsi Sidhwa, Mark Z. Danielewski, Shannon Hale, Linda Medley, Julie Powell, John Yau, Steven Lee Beeber, Larry Sutin, a Celebrity Spelling Bee, and a Lemony Snicket Party celebrating The End!" - Rain Taxi

Letterpress Printing, A Manual for Fine Press Printers

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 26

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Ave. S.
  • Minneapolis

Writing Letterpress Printing - Paul Maravelas &
Lead, printshops, & health - Joni Scheftel


Minnesota On Paper: Collecting Our Printed History

7:00 p.m. - Tuesday, November 14

John & Molly Harris will speak about their upcoming release of Minnesota On Paper. The book considers ephemera which was created, printed, or used in Minnesota dating from 1838 to 2005.

"As the influence of popular culture increases, the collection of paper ephemera has emerged as a hobby. From bus tickets and postcards to shopping bags and matchbooks, these collectible memorabilia are usually discarded after their intended use. However, if properly stored and preserved, these items can record and illuminate our history and culture. Using a whimsical and engaging approach, Minnesota on Paper showcases some of the saved treasures that bring Minnesota history to life." - Amazon.com


Tour of the newly reconstructed Central Public Library

10:00 a.m. - Saturday, December 16

Minneapolis Central Public Library: see printed invitations for specific location information

Minneapolis Central Public Library: see printed invitations for specific location information "Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the new 353,000 sq. ft....building features an eye-catching canopy roof that projects over Hennepin and Nicollet entrances; a combination of transparent and translucent glass with seasonal Minnesota imagery such as water, snow, trees and prairie grass; an 18,560 sq. ft. "green" roof planted with low-growing, sun- and drought-resistant ground cover; and 140,000 square feet of underground parking.

"As the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America with a collection of more than 3 million items.... The new Central Library offers nearly 100 percent access to its collection, compared to just 15 percent of the Central Library collection previously available to the public." Central Library Fact Sheet


Winter Party

See invitation for time and place

Other than the annual dinner this is often the most well attended Ampersand event of the season. If you have not been to an event for a while this would be your chance to see some familiar faces, as well as those that spark a dim recollection from last years holiday party or annual dinner.


John Moriarty - A Collection of Natural History Books

April 18


Annual Dinner - A Celebration of Emerson Wulling

Along with being a founding member of the Ampersand Club Emerson Wulling was the proprietor of the Sumac Press

"Emerson Wulling has been printing for pleasure for over eighty years. The quintessential hobby printer, he has maintained his shop in several locations over those eighty years, producing a variety of books, pamphlets, and ephemera. A retired English professor and a lover of books, his printing, with much of the text written by himself, consistently displays a lively sense of humor and a clever literary wit." - Midnight Paper Sales