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BASIC LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP · Saturday, MAY 19 / READ MORE >

What’s Going on at the Museum

  • Basic Letterpress Workshop

    Saturday, May 19th, 10 am–4 pm

    Basic Letterpress Workshop

    This one-day course will introduce you to the terminology, tools, and basics of letterpress. You will learn about furniture, spacing, leading, chases and quoins. Set wooden or metal type, make up a form with type and cuts, and print your job on one of the presses in the Museum’s Letterpress Studio. A small lunch will be provided.

    Sign up on our website. Members $75, non-members $95.  
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  • Three Letterpress Sales in 2018

    Salvaged Presses Being Restoredold letterpresses

    Our intrepid volunteers saved two Golding Pearls from the wrecking ball and a Prouty from the junkyard. Mark your calendars for our 2018 Letterpress Sales on April 7th, July 28th, and November 17th when these cleaned-up presses will be coming to market. And stop by our Gift Shop any Saturday, 10–4, where we have lots of type and letterpress goodies for sale.

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  • 2018 Calendar

    APRIL

    Sat. 14
    Letterpress Workshop – Elementary Makeready
    Sat. 21
    Lecture by David R. Godine, Publisher, “A Life in Brief Chapters,”

    MAY

    Sat. 19
    Basic Letterpress Workshop

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  • The Museum of Printing in the Movies

    “At the end of 2016, we got a call from the 20th Century Fox property department in regards to a movie about newspaper printing in 1971,” MoP President Frank Romano said. “At that time (1971) they were still using a Linotype machine to set a line of type in metal.”

    Frank Romano displays an historic front page from The Washington Post

    The Museum of Printing had just what was needed to depict the composing rooms of 1971.

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  • Anna Hogan: A Life Etched in Art

    The Museum of Printing is sad to note the passing of Anna Hogan, esteemed wood engraver and friend, who died peacefully on December 17th just a few weeks after her 96th birthday. A local artist, Anna gained national recognition through the Wood Engravers’ Network and our museum.

    Our art gallery showcases a permanent display of Anna’s work. Her talent and skill awe visitors. It was almost a decade ago when she walked through our front door with armloads of engravings, having generously decided to donate her life’s work to the Museum. We are honored to hold this important collection and showcase it for all to enjoy.

    Anna Hogan wood engraving, titled "From the Lookout" on this print, "View from the Highway" on her block

    Anna’s art reflects her many interests. When she wasn’t teaching art at Stratford High School in Connecticut, she enjoyed traveling the New England countryside and the world, from Japan to Mexico. Every December, she created a new holiday card for family and friends. In the summer of 2013, she participated in the Wood Engravers’ Network weeklong Workshop at the Museum of Printing where she reconnected with old friends and made many new ones. In the autumn of 2013 WEN organizer, Jim Horton, wrote in Block & Burin “One of the best parts of the museum was an exhibition of Anna Hogan. Anna is a famed printmaker, now in her nineties, who lives in Andover. She actually attended the Workshop, called herself a student, and yet she could teach us all. As many WEN members know, her prints are precious jewels . . . as is she. A warm, sincere person and absolutely on top of everything.”

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  • Tour the Museum with Frank

    A very quick view of the great stuff you’ll find at the Museum. Put your running shoes on!

    Frank Romano tours the Museum

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  • Awesome wood type

    This font, beautiful in its size, color and simplicity, is on display in our art gallery. The Museum is fortunate to hold an extensive wood type collection that has been acquired over many years, including several sizable and relatively recent donations of significance. Stay tuned for future posts. . . .

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  • The Beautiful Work of Mark T. Fowler

    Come on, spring! These two relief prints by artist Mark T. Fowler (1928–2006) evoke the bright greens of spring and the strong winds of March. The colorful ‘Morning Light,’ 1993, is a multiple-block linocut print. ‘Pinus Strobus,’ 1984, is a linocut print as well. A book designer by profession, Mark Fowler never sought to promote or commercialize his art, instead sharing it only with close friends and family, creating just one piece a year for nearly five decades. An extensive collection of his work is on permanent display in our art gallery and you’ll find fine quality digital reproduction cards and prints in the gift shop. Stop by any Saturday, we’d love to see you!

    Mark Fowler print

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  • Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare

    If you’re in the DC Area, check out this exhibit on book illustration. Meanwhile you can see similar printing presses, type and equipment right here at the Museum.

    book printing in the time of Shakespeare

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Mass. Cultural CouncilPrograms are supported in part by grants from the Haverhill, Georgetown, Merrimac, Boxford and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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