Currier and Ives presentation will be part of this Sunday's Woodbury Historical Society annual meeting

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:02

    Highland Mills — The Woodbury Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Woodbury Senior Center on Route 105 in Highland Mills. The business meeting will include the election of officers and trustees for the coming year. Prior to the business meeting, beginning at 2 p.m, John Zak, president of the American Historical Print Collectors Society, will present an illustrated lecture on the fascinating history of Currier and Ives. Zak is recognized as one of the pre-eminent collectors of Currier and Ives in the country. He has been collecting the firm’s lithographs since the late 1970’s and in 2007 served as a consultant to a PBS television program about Currier and Ives produced by WGBY in Springfield, Mass. Currier and Ives was a successful American printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895). Based in New York City from 1834-1907, the prolific firm produced prints from paintings by fine artists as black-and-white lithographs that were hand colored. Currier and Ives greatly increased the public demand for graphic images by publishing numerous lithographs depicting disasters, political satire, views of city life, outdoor country scenes, `and sentimental domestic scenes. They established outlets across the country and in London. Between 1840 and 1890 they published more than 7,000 titles. The firm continued under their sons until 1907. The American Historical Print Collectors Society is a non-profit group that encourages the collection, preservation, study, and exhibition of original historical American prints that are 100 or more years old. Note that light refreshments will be available. For more information on the Woodbury Historical Society’s annual meeting, call Bob Curtis on 928-2613 or the Woodbury Historical Society on 928-928-6770, or by contact them by e-mail at or