The history of the printing press is shown in all its glorious evolution. You will see a real-to-life colonial printer ... More
International Printing Museum
The history of the printing press is shown in all its glorious evolution. You will see a real-to-life colonial printer practicing his craft and hear how printing changed the lives of writers and thinkers like Mark Twain and Ben Franklin. Objects on display include antique printing machines and early printed documents. Many of the people working here, from the printers to the tour guides, are worth the visit just to meet them.
I LOVEEEE this museum. Everyone who works there really appreciates history, education and the processes of our culture. EVERYONE should utilize this amazing place! They are generous, entertaining & excited about type!
I was attending an event at the International Printing Museum last week and was happily surprised at how interesting the museum was. Mark Barbour, the Executive Director, walked our group through all of printing's history and showed us a huge collection of machines, most of which he used to make souvenirs for our group. I took home a printed envelope from the first desktop printing machine, a remnant of the Civil War.
What made the event great was Mark Barbour. He is very entertaining. I completely understand why teachers bring their students to the museum. As a book publisher, I gained a lot of knowledge and a stronger appreciation for the art of making books. He, also, took our group into the warehouse to show off the off-set lithography machine. A huge treat!
If you are at all interested in the printed word, you must go to this museum. The guided tour gives you a wonderful history of mechanical printing, beginning with the earliest wood blocks from Asia. The guide also explains how the development of printing affected the course of history in general. For example, it was instrumental in bringing about the Reformation because Bibles became available to more people and could be printed in contemporary languages instead of just Latin. There is a large collection of antique printing presses, which the staff will operate for you. Watching the Linotype machine in action is a real treat! ~BH
Similies to Fun: International Printing Museum, enjoyable, excellent
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/16/05
I had no idea that it was phisically possible to not fall asleep while learning history! The entire family will love it!! Yes people there is more to prining than pressing a button and waiting a few seconds for the paper to come out of the machine! I learned so much! I had such a good time! Even my 6 year old brother had a blast!
I would tell anyone to go there!!! E
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