This post concerns an organization which anyone interested in the subject of this blog should be a member of, viz. the American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS). The AHPCS is a group of collectors, dealers, academics, and institutional members who share an interest in historical American prints that are 100 years old or more. The society is dedicated to encouraging the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of such prints.
The AHPCS was founded in 1975 and currently has over 450 members. Members are able to share their interests with others at occasional events and at an annual meeting held in different cities around the country. While these events can be fun and educational, membership in the AHPCS is very worthwhile even for someone who cannot attend the events because of the excellent publications produced by the society. A quarterly newsletter contains short articles and lists of events and such, and each member receives a yearly membership directory. The crowning jewel of the AHPCS, however, is the biannual magazine Imprint, a scholarly journal which contains excellent articles on a wide variety of topics, as well as book reviews on print references.
The AHPCS would like its membership to grow, and certainly anyone interested in antique prints will get great value from a membership. I strongly encourage everyone who is not already a member to sign up. You can find out more about the AHPCS on their web site at www.ahpcs.org. Sign up now and you can attend the next annual meeting, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 14 to 16. I plan to attend and I hope I'll see you there.