Holding History is a student-driven public humanities program focused on the history of media and book arts.

Since 2015, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Holding History has introduced intergenerational audiences to book objects, historical media, and special collections archives. We host an annual slate of collaborative special events & interactive experiences—from hands-on papermaking workshops on campus mall to science-fair-style events in rare book libraries where students invite audiences to turn the pages of centuries-old books.

These bookish conversations continue in digital form on our website through The Bookish Blog, HH-produced videos about book history & bookmaking, & the Holding History Podcast.

Our events & digital content, which seek to connect the history of media to the arts & crafts of bookmaking, are accessible, public-facing opportunities for exploration, interaction, & discovery. Stay up to date by joining our mailing list. 


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