Holding History is an educational program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each year, we host a series of special events and hands-on experiences—from Papermaking on Library Mall to Typewriters on Tap to our Keynote events in rare book libraries, where undergraduate and graduate students invite audiences to turn the pages of centuries-old books.

Our events, which seek to connect the history of media to the arts and crafts of bookmaking, are accessible, public-facing opportunities for bookish conversation and discovery.

 
HH Student Reunion on the Terrace
Time is TBD
Location is TBD
Time is TBD
Location is TBD
Spring 2020 ended abruptly, and we're all missing old books, hands-on learning opportunities, and bookish conversations. We're planning to celebrate the chance to come back together this Fall 2020. Details forthcoming.
Holding History Keynote Event in Special Collections
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Location is TBD
Time is TBD
Location is TBD
Our Spring 2020 Keynote event was cancelled due to COVID-19, but we are currently planning our Fall 2020 Keynote. Details forthcoming.
Papermaking on Library Mall
Time is TBD
Location is TBD
Time is TBD
Location is TBD
Join us for a FREE, drop-in, hands-on papermaking session with master papermaker Robert Possehl and Holding History students. Details TBA, but we are still planning to host this event again in Fall 2020.
Upcoming Events

Our current project: 

Bestiary of the Book

Being a Compendium of Creatures

Used to Make Books

Learn more.