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What’s Going on at the Museum

  • Warm up with Hot Metal ‘Emojis’

    Saturday, March 24th, 10 am – 4 pm

    metal emojisRoses 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!

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  • 2018 Calendar


    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
    Lecture by David R. Godine, Publisher, “A Life in Brief Chapters,” 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. with a small reception to follow, free admission, limited seating – RSVP to Enable JavaScript to view protected content

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  • Elementary Makeready Workshop

    Saturday, April 14th, 10 am–4 pm

    Elementary Makeready Workshop

    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 >

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  • 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!

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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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. . . .

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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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