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
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Robert Bringhurst in Boston, April 2017
Robert Bringhurst and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel at the Society of Printers 43rd Annual W.A. Dwiggins Lecture at the Boston Public Library.
Bringhurst is the noted type historian and poet who spoke on the life and work of type designer Hermann Zapf. Amelia made the trek from Rochester, NY where she is Associate Curator for the RIT Cary Collection.
A place in Haverhill to hold the presses
Boston Globe correspondent James Sullivan paid us a visit. This is what he found.
The Inland Printer
The most current, up-to-date printing technology — 132 years ago.
The Inland Printer was the longest published printing magazine in the United States. First published in October 1884 and still published on a limited basis “It may have been the first magazine to use a different cover illustration on every issue,” according to MagazineArt.org.
See the industry in all its letterpress glory in the complete second edition from November 1884 here (view or download pdf, 14.9 MB).
Download our Letterpress Presses poster (pdf, 1.8 MB)
Download our Image Carrier Poster (pdf, 684 KB)
The Museum of Printing is supported in part by grants from Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill & Merrimack Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency.Top ↑