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APSU Goldsmith Press, Center of Excellence participate in Veterans Day Weekend Celebration at Public Library

APSUs Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will be providing creative and technical support at the Clarksville–Montgomery County Public Library's Veterans Day Weekend Celebration.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 12-13, at the library, 350 Pageant Lane.

Everyone is invited to join the celebration and print a square on the Clarksville Veterans Quilt or create a memory book in honor of a veteran.
APSU's Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will be providing creative and technical support at the Clarksville—Montgomery County Public Library's Veterans Day Weekend Celebration.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 12-13, at the library, 350 Pageant Lane.

Everyone is invited to join the celebration and print a square on the Clarksville Veterans Quilt or create a memory book in honor of a veteran.

APSU's Goldsmith Press has received a Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) grant to participate in Veterans Day activities as a community outreach project. The press has received three TAC grants and one Tower Grant for four major outreach projects in the past six years, according to Cindy Marsh, professor of art.

Just in case you've never heard of the University's Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection, it's a turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th, that is) printing facility that is part of the department of art. The collection involves 250 drawers, or approximately 5,000 pieces of handmade wood letters, from around 1900.

“Small 'show-print' or poster printing shops that used wood type were instrumental in the development of rural advertising,” says Marsh. “Our collection was bought with a grant from the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, funds from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and some private donations.”

Marsh and Becky Hall brought the collection of type, letterpresses and bindery equipment to APSU from Boston in 1996.

Each year, up to 50 students use the Goldsmith Press. Many produce independent creative projects using the wood type and relief printing during their senior year.

The Goldsmith Press has collaborated on printed posters and portfolios with the Creative Writing Program, the communication and theatre department and the history and philosophy department.

The Veterans Day Weekend Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, telephone (931) 648-8826.
—Rebecca Mackey