St. Johnsbury Academy
- St. Johnsbury Academy is a couple of hours drive from my home; I was
visit the school and do a couple of workshops about miniature books.
is a rather prestigious private school which has about 900 students,
outside the United States.
Not too surprisingly, the students knew nothing about miniature books
a couple of them had seen displays of the Running Press books near a
counter at a Barnes & Noble store.
I had a marvelous time, showed them old books, new books, and in
a very nice experience showing them some of the marvelous little
structure books of
folks like Pat Baldwin, Peter & Donna Thomas, and Ed Hutchins. I also
my old Kelsey 3 x 5 press and some type, which opened up much
And my "Lord's Prayer on a Piece of Type" was the show stopper.
Workshops like this, I think, can do a lot to promote our very special
may result in our securing new members--if not immediately, perhaps
road a ways".
If you have a chance to show off your books to an interested group,
old, I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity. I know that here
there are about thirty talented, interested high school juniors and
seniors who now
know that there is such a thing as a miniature book--and they are going
to tell their
friends, and their families.
One Japanese student took out his wallet and bought a book from me right
on the spot.
Just some food for thought........
- Jon, that was an interesting account about your workshop.
I am always amazed that there are people don't know anything
about miniature books!
I would be interested in giving a talk about miniature books but
don't know where to start. I know a lot about them of course,
since I've been collectiong for about 20 years and write many
I just don't know how to start telling people who know nothing
Maybe you, or someone else who gives talks, can give me a few
hints to get started? I am sure some other people on this list
would also be interested.
- Angelika, I'll share this with the group as it may help someone else.
I found that the students were so fascinated with the concept of miniature
books, and that fact that they had never heard of them, probably was a
tremendous help in getting their attention right at the start.
I used the idea that miniature books have existed since the early days of
movable type--probably mankind's fascination with small things. And I
explained that miniature books played only a tiny part of the whole, large
picture of book collecting. I mentioned a few ways in which people collect--
first editions, for instance--and when I had set the stage, so to speak, by
miniature books into perspective, the kids were anxious to ask questions.
By the way, I told them right at the start that I welcomed questions--all
they had to do was raise their hand. And they asked a LOT of questions.
If there is anything else I can suggest, please let me know.
Angelika Jaeck wrote:
> Jon, that was an interesting account about your workshop.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> I am always amazed that there are people don't know anything
> about miniature books!
> I would be interested in giving a talk about miniature books but
> don't know where to start. I know a lot about them of course,
> since I've been collectiong for about 20 years and write many
> I just don't know how to start telling people who know nothing
> about them.
> Maybe you, or someone else who gives talks, can give me a few
> hints to get started? I am sure some other people on this list
> would also be interested.
> Best wishes,
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