The Roycroft History Course
The Roycroft Campus will once again be offering a special Roycroft History Course this fall. The semester’s theme will be Creating & Collecting Roycroft. We will take a closer look at some of the original artists who helped design and create the Roycroft products, including Herb Buffum (furniture), Victor Toothaker and Karl Kipp (copper), and Dard Hunter (stained glass and graphic design). In honor of the grand opening of a new museum space on the Campus this fall, we will also talk about collecting and exhibiting Roycroft history. A different guest speaker will be leading each class, which takes place every other Thursday evening starting September 14th at 7:00pm in the Roycroft Power House. The sessions include:
Herb Buffum and the Roycroft Cabinet Shop - Thursday, September 14th at 7pm in the Roycroft Power House
Ben Little, Roycroft Master Artisan and partner in the Schoolhouse Gallery and Roycroft Artisan Gallery at the Schoolhouse, has been bringing Herb Buffum alive for almost 20 years. Herb Buffum was the Superintendent of the Roycroft Cabinet Shop in the early 1900's. In first person, Ben/Herb brings the cabinet shop and the life of the Roycrofters alive with stories and facts about life on the campus. "Herb" will take questions at the conclusion of his presentation.
Collecting Roycroft - Exhibitions and Musuems of Roycrofteries 1968-2017 – Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the Roycroft Power House
In time with the grand opening of the NEW musuem space on the Roycroft Campus, Author and A&C Historian, Robert Rust will focus on the earliest know museum exhibit from 1968 through the opening of two major museums with Roycroft in there collections, one in Florida and one in Colorado.
Dard Hunter - The Roycroft Years – Thursday, October 12th at 7pm in the Roycroft Power House
Art History adjunct professor and Campus Program Director, Alan Nowicki, will take a look at designer Dard Hunter. His distinctive typography and elegant compositions would have a huge impact on not only the Roycroft, but Arts and Crafts style in general, becoming one of the most influential graphic artists of the early 20th century.
The History of the Roycroft Copper Shop – Thursday, October 26th at 7pm in the Roycroft Power House
Douglas McFarland, avid Roycroft collector, past co-curator of the Elbert Hubbard Museum and national speaker will speak on the evolution of metal work at the Roycroft. Learn the history of the Copper Shop and the men who were the leading contributors, Victor Toothacker, Karl Kipp and Walter Jennings.
- The Roycroft Power House, 39 South Grove in East Aurora, NY 14052 (unless otherwise stated)
- Tuition for the Roycroft History Course, (which includes all four classes) is $10 for Roycroft Campus members - $25 for the general public . Become a member today and receive this discount. Roycroft Campus members can call the Roycroft Campus at 716-655-0261 and register for their discount. Registration is required.
- All proceeds support the preservation and restoration of the Roycroft Campus