SCHWENKFELDER LIBRARY & HERITAGE CENTER
105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Phone: 215–679–3103; Fax: 215–679–8175
December 14, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David W. Luz
Bookbinding Programs at the Schwenkfelder
Pennsburg, PA— The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is hosting a series of book arts programs in the month of January 2012 for adults and families. These Heritage Center programs will feature historic examples from its archive and museum collection including marbled endpapers, a 17th century paste paper book cover, excerpts from the Schwenkfelder immigrant Christopher Hoffmann's colonial period bookbinding manual, and a colonial press used in bookbinding.
On January 10, 2012, from 1:30-3:00 pm families and homeschoolers are welcome to participate in a paste paper workshop to learn about a centuries old technique of decorating paper and paint paper to use as book covers and endpapers. Pre-made paste paint will be used to decorate papers; the class will emphasize color and repeated patterns. This class is suitable for ages 4 and older. $5 per participant.
On January 12, 2012, teens and adults can join us for our Thursday night craft workshop to make colored paste decorative papers. Participants will learn how to make and use their own wheat paste paint using a double boiler method. Papers decorated on Thursday night can be dried at the Heritage Center and used in our bookbinding class on Saturday, January 14, 2012. $10 participant.
On Saturday, January 14, 2012, local bookbinder Dave Hoffmann will instruct participants in an Introduction to Bookbinding class on how to make their own sewn signature soft cover book and a separate hardcover quarto size book. Marbled papers will be available to use as book covers and endpapers. Participants in our Thursday night craft class are welcome to use their paste papers for their books. $25 per participant. No prior experience in bookbinding is needed.
To register for our book arts programs please contact Rebecca Lawrence, Museum Educator, 215-679-3103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center was founded in 1884 as an informal collection in a private home to assure the preservation of the Schwenkfelders' cultural identity. Today the Heritage Center, a not-for-profit organization, is still preserving, interpreting, and documenting the history of this German Protestant group along with their Pennsylvania German Heritage. The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Thursdays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; and Sundays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Heritage Center is closed to the public on Mondays. For additional information call 215–679–3103 or visit our website www.schwenkfelder.com
David W. Luz
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
105 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073