The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is pleased to co-host Chasing Paper, the Friends of Dard Hunter Annual Conference from October 11-13, 2017. The Friends were founded in 1981 to support the care and preservation of Hunter's extensive collection of papers, tools, equipment, and artifacts related to the history of hand papermaking. Hunter began his museum in 1956, which eventually became known as the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Periodically, the conference is held at the museum as an opportunity for Friends to reconnect with the collection and Hunter's work.
Chasing Paper honors the myriad of ways that traditional methods of papermaking have inspired new methods of artistic, scientific, and technological innovation. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to receive a behind the scenes tour of the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, to view artifacts and materials from the historic Dard Hunter Collection, as well as papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to proposing lectures, panels, and demonstrations, we invite members to also consider leading breakout sessions that will facilitate a meaningful dialogue on topics such as history and tradition, research and development, vision and expression, and community and society. It is our hope that this inspiring setting will encourage a revitalized sense of community, expression, and exchange in the spirit of Dard Hunter.