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Purposes of the Randolph Caldecott Society of America

  • To bring together those people who are dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation and promotion of English Illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) and his art.
  • To serve as a lay caretaker of Caldecott's grave in evergreen Cemetery, St. Augustine, Florida.
  • To maintain a floral tribute on the grave.
  • To donate the annual Caldecott Medal-winning book, along with the winning Honor book(s), to the local Public Library's "Randolph Caldecott Children's Room".
  • To produce and distribute a brochure, and establish and maintain a website, about Caldecott.
  • To award an Honorary Membership to a person who has exhibited support of the society and who promotes and collects the works of Caldecott.
  • To give presentations on the life and art of Caldecott upon request.

Executive Board of the Randolph Caldecott Society of America

  • Gwen P. Reichert (Email, President and founding member
  • Arthur R. Boccieri (Email Vice-President and founding member
  • Allan C. Reichert (Email, Treasurer and founding member

Last Meeting of the Society - March 24, 2001

The Randolph Caldecott Society of America held its Annual General Meeting/Caldecott Birthday Celebration recently at the St. Johns County Public Library. The purpose of the society is to bring together those people who are dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation, and promotion of the art of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886), nineteenth-century English illustrator, artist, and sculptor. Caldecott is buried in St. Augustine’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Janet Paparelli, Children’s Librarian, St. Johns County Public Library, introduced the 2001 Caldecott Medal winning books. The American Library Association announced these winners in January and the medals will be awarded at the ALA annual summer conference. These awards are given to the artists of the “most distinguished” American Picture Books for children. David Small, illustrator of So You Want to be President? is the 2001 winner of the Caldecott Medal. The book was written by Judith St. George and published by Philomel Books. There were three Caldecott Honor Books: Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888, illustrated by Christopher Bing and published by Handprint Books; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, illustrated by Betsy Lewin and published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; and Olivia, illustrated by Ian Falconer and published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

The local Caldecott Society will purchase the above winning books for placement in the Randolph Caldecott Children’s Room at the main St. Johns County Public Library in St. Augustine.

The first part of the meeting program, RANDOLPH CALDECOTT AND THE CALDECOTT MEDAL, was presented by Amanda Inmon, Sixth Grade student at Darrell Cookman Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida. Amanda gave an overview of Mr. Caldecott’s life and art work concluding with the establishment of the medal in his honor in 1938.

The second part of the program, CALDECOTT’S HOLS IN YORKSHIRE, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO HIS VISIT TO FOUNTAINS ABBEY, was presented by Allan and Gwen Reichert. A brief history of the Cistercian monks and their establishment of Fountains Abbey in 1132 was given by Allan. Mr. Caldecott’s trip which resulted in an article with illustrations published in THE LONDON GRAPHIC newspaper, London, England, in June, 1878, was the focus of Gwen’s talk. The Reicherts visited Fountains Abbey in 1998. Color post cards of the Abbey along with packets of Yorkshire Gold Tea were given to all in attendance.

The Caldecott Society has placed a Birthday floral arrangement on the Caldecott grave in Evergreen Cemetery.

The next meeting will be held during Caldecott's birth month of March, 2002.

Anyone interested in more information concerning the Caldecott Society is invited to contact Gwen P. Reichert (Email, President or Arthur R. Boccieri (Email Vice President.

Submitted by:Gwen P. Reichert, President, RCSA
Phones: 001 794-5091 (Work) or 001 797-5686 (Home)

Pages Written by Allan C. Reichert (Email
Randolph Caldecott Society of America
Updated on 8/25/01