AAPA held its convention in Ohio twice before in the new century: at Canton in 2001 and Cleveland in 2006. For 2009 the city was Columbus and the dates August 20 through 23.
Convention chairman Robert Tauber, book arts specialist at Ohio State University's Logan Elm Press, put together a program that kept delegates entertained and informed from Thursday afternoon registration through Sunday's picnic. He was assisted by wood engraver Dale Starr and a top team of Ohio members well experienced in putting on previous events.
The University Plaza Hotel in Columbus, located near The Ohio State University campus, was convention headquarters.
The first event of the convention was the traditional Charlie Bush Chinese Dinner held 6:30 Thursday evening at Hong Kong Buffet.
On Friday morning, delegates toured Ohio State University's recently renovated Thompson Library (including a Rare Books Exhibition) and visited the internationally prestigious Cartoon Library & Museum.
After lunch in the Library's "Berry Cafe," members and guests drove across campus to tour the OSU Book Arts Lab. First stop was the Logan Elm Press, where a Kelsey press was set up to die cut a balsa wood wing, part of a model airplane construction kit.
AAPA member Susan Petrone, author of A Body at Rest, spoke on the experience of getting her book published.
Delegates then went up a floor to see how OSU preserves and restores old and damaged books.
At the silent auction, available during these early afternoon events, delegates placed bids on over 40 items. At 4:20 pm, auctioneer Sky Shipley, assisted by wife Johanna, held the live auction in which another 40 items were sold in about an hour.
On Saturday morning, delegates carpooled to the Chillicothe, Ohio, home/workshop of the nationally renowned printer/papermaker Dard Hunter (1883-1966). The day included a tour of the Mountain House and lunch at the shop/store in town.
At the Saturday evening banquet, AAPA President Lee Hawes announced the annual laureate awards and presented certificates to those winners who were present. Jared Gardner, an OSU associate professor of American literature, film, and popular culture, spoke on "Serial Citizenship, the Amateur Printer and the Rise of Periodicals in America from Franklin to the 19th Century."
The Logan Elm Press hosted a farewell picnic lunch on the OSU campus at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Those who attended the convention: Victoria Alt, Gary Bossler, William Boys, Mike & Kathy Coughlin, Linda Donaldson, Sean Donnelly, George Hamilton, Leland Hawes, Rich & Lynda Hopkins, Michael Jacobs, Austin & Jean Jones, Bill Justice, Jiyani Lawson, Jerry & JoAnn Martin, Aaron Martin, Guy Miller, James Patterson, Susan Petrone, Barry and Kay Schrader, Jeffrey Schroff, Jack & Maurine Scott, Sky & Johanna Shipley, Ivan Snyder, Dale & Debra Starr, Bob & Amber Tauber, Max Tauber, Dave & Liz Tribby, and Jack Visser.
Read more details of the 2009 AAPA Convention in comments posted to the AAPA Information blog, and view over 100 photos in the 2009 convention photo album.