Upcoming Exhibitions


The Exhibition That Never Was: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Book Club of California, and a Century of Fine Books.
September 28-December 7, 2015

Exhibition Opening: Monday, September 28, 5-7pm

In 1912, a group of San Francisco bibliophiles proposed an exhibition of locally produced fine press books for the forthcoming Panama-Pacific International Exposition. When advised that their proposal would carry more weight if made by an official organization, they founded the Book Club of California. Though the envisioned exhibition was never realized, the Book Club—and its mission to promote the art of the book—still thrives. This show imagines what might have been on view in that original display and celebrates the Club’s enduring commitment (now over a century old) to “the study of letters and the promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books.”

The program will begin with brief remarks by Book Club Librarian Henry Snyder, and feature historian Laura Ackley, who will present an illustrated talk, “A Whirlwind Tour of the PPIE,” which traces the history of the fair from its original concept in 1904 through its development and all the way to its gala opening in February 1915.

Laura Ackley is the author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, published by Heyday Books, and winner of the 2015 California Book Award, Gold Medal for Californiana. 

The event is free and open to the public. Presented in conjunction with PPIE100, the citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the PPIE.


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