2011-2012 Schedule


Bryond Fritz, Red, and Ole:
Minnesota Writers in the 1920's - Patrick Coleman

7:00 p.m. - Tuesday, September 20

The 1920's were a very rich decade for local writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, O. E. Rolvaag all published a novel in 1920.

While they remain in the canon to this day the MHS has identified a hundred novels by other local writers who received as much attention in their time.


Fine & Dirty, contemporary Letterpress Art - Betty Bright & Jeff Rathermel

7:00 p.m. - Tuesday, October 4

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Av S
  • Minneapolis

"The practice of letterpress printing incorporates craft standards and the book's haptic character, along with art world strategies, materials and content. The resulting work can continue traditions in literary and typographical primacy, or ideas about craft can be filtered through interests in content, materials and structure.

"Fine & Dirty: Contemporary Letterpress Art assembles work by established and emerging artists that reflects this diversity, which together comprise the best in letterpress books today." - MCBA


Take Two Lyllie Rootes and Call Me in the Morning

Elaine Challacombe,
Curator of Wangensteen Library

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, November 10

"In pre-industrial times, those ailing often turned to wives of local landowners or wise women who were knowledgeable in the use of plants to create medicines. Recipes were passed down in families, shared with physicians, and recorded in receipt books along with other household information like the care of livestock. This exhibit presents Mary Pewe's books of receipts, complied circa 1630-1690 in England, alongside botanicals that illustrate many of the plants used in the production of her medicines." - U of M

"The books are genuinely glorious, many handwritten in a crabbed, careful script, others containing exquisite illustrations of plants, and some containing lists of people who died from the bubonic plague." - MINNPOST



7:00 p.m. - Thursday, December 15

Gaylord Schanilec and Rob Rulon-Miller present their recent trip to the London book fair and their publication of Quarter to Midnight, the wide ranging bibliography of Gaylord Schanilec and Midnight Paper Sales.


Winter Party

Refer to printed invitation for details

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.


Collectors' Roundtable

7:00 p.m. - Thurday, February 23

Bring a recent acquisition to your collection to the Walker Art Center Library for a show & tell from your collection, press, or library.

Members will be invited to bring their latest favorite book for a bibliophilic show and tell. This is an opportunity for unique dialogue about book collection among members.


Land of Amber Waters - Doug Hoverson

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 22

Come for the beer and hearing from Doug Hoverson stories from, and about, his book, Land of Amber Waters. Stay for the brewery tour.

"From fine lagers to wicked ales-the complete history of brewing in Minnesota told here for the first time. Starting with its first brewery in 1849, Doug Hoverson tells the story of Minnesota's beer industry from the small-town breweries that gave way to larger companies with regional and national prominence to the vibrant beer culture of today. Complete with a comprehensive list of Minnesota's breweries-including many never before listed in print-and more than 300 tempting illustrations of beer and breweriana, Land of Amber Waters marvelously chronicles Minnesota's rich brewing traditions." - U of M Press


Right Under Your Nose:
Regional Small Press Collections at the University of Minnesota

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

Timothy J. Johnson, one of the curators in the Archives and Special Collections department, and R. Arvid Nelsen, who works in Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts in addition to his service to the Charles Babbage Institute, together present a portion of the regional and small press collection from the Special Collection and Archives of the University Libraries housed at the Anderson Library.


Annual Dinner with guest speaker Alec Soth

Time & Date: TBD

Photographer Alec Soth who, along with Brad Zellar, recently published House of Coates, will speak about his work, past & present.

"'The House of Coats' is the latest publication by Soth's company Little Brown Mushroom, which produces sought after limited run artbooks and 'zines." - MPR News