March Late Night at the Museum: The Golden Age of Dublin Book Binding

  • West Chicago City Museum 132 Main Street West Chicago, IL 60185 USA

Join us for March Late Night at the Museum and explore the 18th century art of book binding. Participants will bind their very own mini-book, "West Chicago's Irish Immigrants of the 19th Century." Choose your binding (cover), assemble your book, and bind it with a hand-tied method. ALL AGES! Free! 

Until the 19th century, when hand-work was superseded by machine, bookbindings were essentially unique hand-made artifacts. Each book tells us specific information about its status and use. For example, the cheapest books are bound in sheepskin, run-of-the-mill books in calfskin, and the most expensive books in goatskin leather. Decoration too comes at a cost, and elaborate gold-tooling on fine bindings reflects the status of the owner.