What’s Going on at the Museum
Warm up with Hot Metal ‘Emojis’
Saturday, March 24th, 10 am – 4 pm
Roses are red,
violets are blue,
emojis are digital
and hot metal too.
Warm up with hot metal ‘emojis’! Using the Museum’s collection of Ludlow brass matrices, cast an image on a slug from our hot metal caster and then head into the Letterpress Studio to make a print to take home. Choose from hearts, lovebirds, cats, baseballs, sports, peace, love, smiley faces, Santa, and lots more. Tour the Museum while you’re here. Fun for all ages!
- Sat. 10
- CLOSED due to power outage
- Sat. 24
- Hot Metal Day – Warm up with Hot Metal Emojis
- Sat. 31
- Book Sale
- Sat. 7
- Letterpress Sale
- Sat. 14
- Letterpress Workshop – Elementary Makeready
- Sat. 21
Elementary Makeready Workshop
Saturday, April 14th, 10 am–4 pm
What is makeready? Makeready is the process of making all parts of the form print correctly.
Sign up on our website. Members $75, non-members $95. Elementary Makeready >
Semi-Annual Book Sale
Saturday, March 31, 10 am to 4 pm
Hey all you book lovers! Don’t miss the Museum of Printing’s semi-annual book sale on Saturday, March 31st, 10 am to 4 pm. Shop for books about books, printing, type, and graphic design. The sale includes dupes from the Romano Library. All books reasonably priced.
While you’re here, be sure to check out typography and letterpress printing titles in the gift shop from Godine Publishing, Society of Printers, Swamp Press, and many more!
Letterpress Sale on April 7th
Shop for everything letterpress!
Our next Letterpress Sale takes place on Saturday, April 7 from 10am to 4pm. We have lots of new inventory including:
- Two sweet 5×8 tabletop presses, a Curtis & Mitchell and a Victor
- A large selection of borders and ornaments, newly packaged in handy boxes
- Type cabinets, wood and steel, complete with drawers
- Type galore, new and used
- Furniture and reglet cabinets
- Slug cutters, book staplers, quoins with lock-up keys, a Southworth Perforator, and lots of other good stuff.
Basic Letterpress Workshop
Saturday, May 19th, 10 am–4 pm
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.
Basic Letterpress >
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!
Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare
W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design
Curl up in the Romano Library with a grand new book — W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design — written and designed by Bruce Kennett, produced by Letterform Archive. Come visit any Saturday, 10–4 and by appointment. Here are a few images. . . .
Download our Letterpress Presses poster (pdf, 1.8 MB)
Download our Image Carrier Poster (pdf, 684 KB)
Programs 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.Top ↑