National Amateur Press Association

Please join us for
The 134th NAPA Convention
July 16–18, 2009 at Parkersburg, West Virginia

 See a recent Publicity News Release

The 134th NAPA Convention will be held at
Comfort Suites,
Parkersburg/Mineral Wells,
West Virginia

located at I-77 & Rt 14. South
on July 16, 17, and 18, 2009
Reservations: 304-489-9600

Austin and Jean Jones will be demonstrating
their old hand-made wooden Gutenberg press.
See Austin ink his press with olde-style ink ball,
and much, much more!

Perhaps you have heard of Fenton Glass…
We’ll go and watch their glass blowers do their thing.

There will also be other interesting events to see
while at the convention.

Comfort Suites Restaurant has an excellent free breakfast bar,
and their restaurant is open for the evening meal for those
wanting to dine in.

Our Guest Speaker will be our own
Rich Hopkins from Terra Alta, West Virginia.

There will be a get away picnic at Parkersburg’s
City Park. There is a log building on this site with
plenty of old artifacts to pore over.

Make that reservation now…
Don’t miss this one!

Driving: take I-77 Exit 170, “Mineral Wells”, to SR 145 to hotel
Flying: Near Mid-Ohio Valley Reg. Arpt. (PKB)
and Yeager Airport (CRW)

Early arrivals: The Hospitality Room will be open on the 15th for those who are arriving early. Registration, fellowship, and refreshment will be available at that time.
A post-Convention Picnic is planned for Sunday, July 19, 2009.
Reservations: 304-489-9600
Remember to ask for the special NAPA Convention rate.
(Gary Bossler has cautioned us that our special rate might not be available through the hotel’s 800 reservation number—
use the local number, as shown above.)

NAPA Rate: $79/day + 12% tax = $88.48/day

The committee consists of
Harold Shive, Gary Bossler, and Jack Visser.

  • Accommodations include your choice of a room with two double beds or one king-size bed.
  • Each morning there is a FREE hot breakfast including a Belgian waffle maker.

  • From Monday thru Thursday at 6:00 pm in the lounge there is a happy hour, which entitles a guest to a free drink.

  •  This is a 100% smoke-free hotel. (All Comfort Suites are smoke-free.)
  •  Pet-friendly hotel. Call for details.
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet access.
  • Free local phone calls.
  • Free weekday newspaper.
  • Nearby at the fairgrounds, the West Virginia Interstate Fair & Exposition is taking place from July 14–18, 2009.

Click here to go to the hotel web site.

 See also “History, Entertainment & Adventure In The Mid-Ohio Valley

The Comfort Suites is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 77 and Route 14, just minutes away from downtown Parkersburg and the picturesque Ohio River. Many local attractions are easily accessed from the Comfort Suites. The most well known are: Blennerhassett Historical Park & Museum, Fenton Art Glass Gift Shop, Middleton Doll Factory and Gift Shop, West Virginia Motor Speedway, Smoot Theater, Parkersburg Cultural Center, Sternwheeler rides along the Ohio River, Grand Central Mall, plus lots of craft shops, historical sites and walking tours.

Convention Pubicity from Gigi Volkart, Director of Publicity

Writers and printers from all over the world will be convening at the annual gathering of National Amateur Press Association members. This will be the 134th year for this event and it will happen in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The group has never met before in West Virginia. If you are a writer or letter press printer you are invited to attend an Open House Session to see if you would like to become a member.

Members are getting a reduced rate at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Mineral Wells July 16, 17 and 18. The hotel is on Elizabeth Pike and offers a Courtesy Van and Airport Shuttle services. Nice rooms, meeting spaces and the cocktail lounge look very inviting. ALERT—Members need to call the actual phone number 1-304-489-9600 and not the free 800 number in order to get the $79.00/night special rate.

Business meetings are in the morning after which members can go on a number of field trips or relax in room or at poolside. There will be the usual auction which is always fun, posing for the group photo, a skit put on by a former NAPA member Austin Jones, visit and party in the Hospitality Suite and finish off the convention with the Banquet. If able to stay a little longer everyone’s invited to the picnic, next day, at a local park.

If you would like to check out the NAPA Convention, contact Host Harold Shive in Pennsboro, West Virginia—1-304-659-3320 (his monthly paper is called impressions by hal). Assisting Harold is Massillon, Ohio, member Gary Bossler and fellow West Virginia Member Rich Hopkins.

Writers in the group include many authors, editors and former editors as well as publishers, poets, professors, teachers, college students and small business owners. Printers include the same with amateur and professional letterpress craftsmen. Hot press (hand set and machine set), handwritten, typewritten, word processor, presses (letterpress and offset) home and office printers (inkjet and laser), photocopied, duplicator and commercially printed papers (journals) are all to be found in the association’s monthly “bundle.” Amateur Journalism (AJ) is alive and well and would like to extend this invitation to check out this fun hobby. Writers do all of this at their own expense and sometimes are rewarded with Laureates and other Certificates.

Website: www.amateurpress.org. This is a great opportunity for retirees, college and high school students, senior groups and other writer clubs and groups.



From NAPA Email News—March 4th, 2009:


Pres. Jack Visser issued the following announcement today: “The 2009 NAPA Convention site has been moved from Denver to Parkersburg, West Virginia, the previously approved candidate for the 2010 convention.

“The dates earlier announced will be retained: Wednesday, July 15 (arrival & registration) to Sunday, July 19 (post-convention picnic).

“Details will follow shortly by way of this Email News, the March bundle, the forthcoming National Amateur, & the NAPA Web site.

“Thanks to all for your resilience!   —Jack Visser”

From NAPA Email News—March 1st, 2009:


Stan Oliner and Tom Parson have, with regrets, withdrawn Denver as the site of the 2009 convention, citing unacceptably high room rates. They write: “Hotels here will not budge from a $109 nightly fee plus 15% hospitality tax plus 8% tax. Banquet menu at $25 plus 20% plus 8% tax. Makes no sense in the current national economic climate. Attendance would be a disaster.”

Pres. Jack Visser, in consultation with the three Executive Judges (Troy McQueen, Leah Warner and Guy Miller), will weigh alternatives and announce their decision about a new convention site as soon as practicable.

    Last updated: 06/24/2009 2:26 AM