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2013 William Morris Events in the United States



Talks, Lectures, and Conferences


The annual meeting of the William Morris Society in the United States was held on Saturday, 5 January 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Modern Language Association Annual Convention. After this we ate lunch at the Typhon Asian Bistro, 725 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 ( 617/859-8181). All members were invited to join us at the lunch/meeting, at which we elected three members of the governing committee. After lunch we visited Trinity Cathedral. The church and parish house were designed by Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) and construction took place from 1872 to 1877, after a fire burned the original structure to the ground. Many of the interior murals were completed by the American artist, John La Farge (1835–1910). Four of the stained glass windows were designed by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and executed by William Morris & Company.
The Nominating Committee proposed the following slate of new officers for 2013, which were elected at the meeting:

Margaretta S. Frederick, for a second term as President
Elizabeth Miller, for a first term as Vice-President for Programs
John Walsdorf, for a second term as Vice-President for Public Relations
Clara Finley, Committee member at large
John Plotz, Committee member at large

Those unable to attend the business meeting were invited to submit votes by email or paper ballot.

Modern Language Association Annual Convention
3-6 January 2013, Boston, MA

The Morris Society sponsored a panel on "William Morris and New England" on 3 January at 5:15-6:30 p. m. in room Liberty A of the Sheraton Hotel, in conjunction with a visit to Trinity Church the afternoon of 5 January.

We also co-sponsored a second session, in association with the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, on Print and Beyond: Publishing Rossetti, Morris and the Aesthetes," to be held 5 January 10:30-11:30 a. m. in room Beacon A in the Sheraton Hotel.

Guest passes for both events were available from florence-boos@uiowa.edu.


Lecture by Frank Sharp, "'Forgiving Janey': A New View of a Remarkable Woman," Tuesday 26 March, 6 p. m.
Room 523, Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street; Reception afterwards.


"The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900

Special Exhibition Tour with Diane Waggoner
Saturday 20 April, 11 a. m.
National Gallery of Art, West Building (meet at 4th Street entrance
Followed by lunch afterwards.

"Useful & Beautiful: William Morris and his Books"

Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow, University of Delaware Library, in conversation with Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

  • Monday, 6 May 2013 • 12 noon
  • East Building Concourse, Auditorium • National Gallery of Art • Washington, DC

  • Free and open to the public

Viewing of Albion Press:

Thursday, December 5, 2013
5-7 p.m. viewing

6 p.m. remarks by Jethro Lieberman (owner of the press)
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
Tel. (212) 636 2000

Christie’s invited the William Morris Society in the United States and Members of the Grolier Club for a special preview and talk about William Morris’s Albion Press, No. 6551, the press used to print the Kelmscott Press’s Chaucer.