News and Events
Spring 2017 Workshops
April 22: Beginning Letterpress · 10 am to 3 pm
Learn to hand-set type from California job cases and print on Vandercook or platen presses.
This workshop has been filled. Watch for a notice of another beginning letterpress workshop later this year.
Members $75 | Non-Members $95
May 20: Two-Color Letterpress · 10 am to 3 pm
Set two forms (one for each color) and print on our presses.
Members $75 | Non-Members $95 · Register here >
Lecture on W. A. Dwiggins
Saturday, 13 May 2017 at 1:00 pm
Paul Shaw, Design Historian, gives a lecture on W. A. Dwiggins, American type designer, calligrapher, and book designer. Dwiggins is credited with coining the term “graphic designer” in 1922. See some of Dwiggins’-designed books and materials.
This is a members-only event but you may join at the door or via our website >
Attention, Dwiggins Lovers!
Funds are being raised for a magnificent book on W. A. Dwiggins via a Kickstarter campaign that runs until April 28, 2017. Letterform Archive’s publishing program debuts with W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, a comprehensive illustrated biography of the innovative type designer, illustrator, and lettering artist, William Addison Dwiggins. Written and designed by Bruce Kennett, with a foreword by Steven Heller, this book is essential for anyone interested in graphic design, publishing, and the book arts.
Gift Certificates Now Available
Gift certificates are now available for the Museum of Printing for use in the Museum Store, toward workshops or membership and as admission to paid events.
Purchases may be made at the Museum with cash, credit card or check, or via mail. To purchase by mail send a check to our business office at
Museum of Printing
Beverly, MA 01915
Letterpress Examples Wanted!
The Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA is expanding our library of works by amateur letterpress printers — publications, printed pieces, examples, samples and photographs of older printing establishments and private presses. Our new location provides us with secure, environmentally friendly storage.
We know we need publications and information by APA, APHA, ATF, AAPA, NAPA, Treasure Gems, It’s a Small World, Guy Botterill, Type and Press, The Printer Newspaper. We have examples of some of these but are trying to complete our collections. What have we missed? We do not know, so please bring us up-to-date with information on, by or about other letterpress and type organizations. We’re also interested in examples of embossing, debossing, thermography, die-cutting, etc.
Watch the Haverhill Journal’s video on our new home
The Haverhill Journal’s Lindsay Paris takes us on a tour of the new museum and speaks with executives Frank Romano and Kim Pickard.
Museum of Printing Long-Time Board Member Louis Rosenblum Passes
Louis ‘Lou’ Rosenblum died peacefully at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts on September 22, 2016. He was born in New York City in 1921 to Isadore and Bessie Rosenblum. The middle of three children, he graduated from Yonkers High School and matriculated at MIT in 1938 where he majored in Applied Math. At MIT he had the good fortune to study under Professor Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton on photography and strobe lights. ‘Doc’ worked at the intersection of engineering and art, and projects combining engineering and art became the motif of Lou’s career.
Lou graduated MIT in 1942 and joined Polaroid to work on war-related engineering projects. Later his Polaroid career included development of Edwin Land’s iconic invention of instant photography. In 1954, he moved to Photon where he worked on early photocomposition systems, the first of many leading-edge printing-related projects that occupied the next forty years. It was during this time he first became interested in the challenges of typesetting non-Latin-based languages such as Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi.
–30– for Jean Hansen, New England Printer & Publisher Editor, Publisher and MoP Treasurer
Jean Hansen (89) passed peacefully in her home on December 8 surrounded by family.
Jean and her husband Norman published and edited New England Printer and Publisher for 15 years. Additionally they were involved in the New England Printing Equipment Show and the New Hampshire Printing Show when regional tradeshows were a mainstay of printing products and services.
One of her assignments to a writer was to cover a meeting at the Boston Globe of about 20 people who wanted to start a printing museum. That group became known as The Friends of the Museum of Printing and after many years of collecting they opened the doors in 1999 at their first museum location in North Andover, MA.
Our Grand Opening: September 10, 2016
After a long and arduous move, the Museum of Printing opened on Saturday, September 10th. The Museum was open on Sunday, the 11th, and the entire week that followed, from 10am to 3pm every day.
To celebrate this momentous event, admission was free for all.
Type Sales were scheduled for September 24 and November 19, but our store has been greatly expanded and is open every Saturday, 10am to 3pm.
New Building Update
We are in possession of the new (well, new to us) building in Haverhill — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832, to be exact [map]. Renovations are underway to make this a world class printing museum — and we have visited many throughout the world to compare and inspire. We’re currently replacing the 40 year old linoleum with richer, feet-easy materials. A wall has to come down to give us better flow and an expanded store. View our progress >
The Museum of Printing is moving
After 13 years at its current location in North Andover the museum is moving to a building along Route 495 — 15 Thornton Avenue, Haverhill, Mass., to be exact [map]. It will open on September 10, 2016.
Matthew Carter gave the 2016 Lieberman lecture: “Genuine imitations: a type designer’s view of revivals”
The American Printing History Association (APHA) and Museum of Printing presented a free lecture by famed type designer Mathew Carter, “Genuine Imitations: A Type Designer’s View of Revivals,” at the Museum of Printing, Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. | View and download a flyer >
A Printmaker’s Progress
On Friday, November 7, 2014 renowned graphic artist Lance Hidy charted the progress of his explorations in traditional graphic arts media in a slide lecture and explained how that pursuit led him to become an early adopter of digital tools. The breadth of his work is on display in the Museum of Printing exhibition rooms — from artist’s books using letterpress, etching, and wood engraving, through silkscreen, photography, and finally, Photoshop.