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Bookbinding: A Historical Perspective
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Bookbinding has a long historical tradition. The paper we use today is much like the rag paper that originated in China in the first century A.D. Unlike the works from Ancient Greece and Rome, which were documented on scrolls in Ancient India and China, information was written down on leaves, folded, and sewn together by hand. While there is no way to pinpoint exactly when and where bookbinding originated, some of the earliest examples of books as we know them today, existed in the Far East by the first century B.C. In many cases, books were used for religious purposes, and created by monks of many different faiths.

Come and learn this historic craft at Historic Speedwell on Saturday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. Instructor and expert binder, Cindy Kramer of Panda Paper, helps you to create a book to take home using historically accurate materials. The cost is $25 per person, and suitable for ages 13 and up. Pre-registration is required. Please call 973.285.6550 for more information and to register.

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.