Meet Our Staff

The Hamilton Wood Type staff is comprised of employees, volunteers and retirees who'll make your visit memorable.

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Museum Director

Jim Moran is our Museum Director. He runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, printing firm, Moran’s Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years.

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Assistant Director

Stephanie Carpenter is the Hamilton Museum's Assistant Director. She is a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. At the museum she teaches letterpress and bookmaking workshops, serves as archivist and in-house printer, directs social media, updates the website, coordinates volunteers and interns, and arranges event and conference organization. She is a graduate of the graphic design masters program at Indiana University.

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Artistic Director

Bill Moran is a 3rd-generation letterpress printer, graphic designer and professor of printing history at the University of Minnesota. Since 2001 he has worked for Hamilton Wood Type in a variety of roles including the writing and publishing of his book Hamilton Wood Type, A History in Headlines. Bill is responsible for merchandise, annual programming and the museum’s visual brand. Bill also operates Hamilton Ink Spot in downtown Saint Paul.

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Office Manager

Tootsie Marie Sommers is the museum's Office Manager. Tootsie is a former Fisher Hamilton employee, having managed marketing communications for the company for the past nine years. With her company background and enthusiasm for all things Hamilton she is a sincere advocate of Legacy Hamilton.

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Retail Manager

Mari Dawson is our Retail Manager. She was a super fan who volunteered for three years before officially joining the team. Mari runs the store and does the mail-order shipping. She also greets visitors and helps with museum tours.

Volunteers

Harley Bopray recently retired from his business, Pathar Distribution in Algoma and (lucky for the Hamilton museum) decided to share some of his free time with us! Harley is an organizer/concierge extraordinaire with a strong interest in all things historical.

Marcia Brice was a designer and art director with various Chicago studios. She also taught at The American Academy of Art in Chicago and Columbia College. Now, she helps the museum on weekends and at many of our special events, like gallery openings and open houses.

Larry Corrado is a retired professor of physics and computer science. He is an avid graphic design and typography hobbyist and can often be found exploring what is possible with printing in the pressroom.

Rainer Fleshner comes to us from North Fond du Lac. He taught at Central Michigan University and Electronic Prepress at Moraine Park Technical College. At the museum he does product photography for Hamilton Dry Goods, prints items for research and the store.

Glenn Leege worked for 44 years as a cabinet assembler at Hamilton. He originally hales from Sturgeon Bay. At the museum he leads a mighty-fine tour at 1 and 3 pm on Saturdays.

George Liesch prepares wood for manufacturing wood type, serves as a pantograph apprentice and completes type trimming. Norb, George's father, worked for 20 years in the Hamilton type shop and has passed down his passion and skills to his daughter.

Bob Mueller serves as our Hamilton historian and chief tour guide. He worked for many years as a Hamilton employee and is a life long resident of Two Rivers.

Shann Stephani comes to us from Manitowoc where she is a graphic designer. Shann works Saturdays and special events and often those events where beer is offered.

Jim Van Lanen Sr. is past president of the Two Rivers Historical Society and a founder of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. Jim owns and operates the Light House Inn in Two Rivers.

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