On Sunday, July 10, 2016 we had a wonderful Open House. Over 100 people joined us for museum tours, pantograph demonstrations, and poster printing. Bob Mueller gave tours of the museum, highlighting the making of type and the history of the Hamilton factory. George Liesch gave demonstrations on the pantograph showing how type was made in the 20th century at Hamilton and how it still made today. Visitors participated in the printing of a poster using Hamilton’s collection of vintage wood type and took their print home as a commemorative piece of the Open House event.
Bob Mueller is one of the museum’s longest serving volunteers. He has been here since 1995 before the museum was even open! He began volunteering upon retirement from Hamilton’s and helped move, unpack and setup the museum at its original site in the factory complex on Jefferson Street. If you’re wondering about those early days and what it was like to help create a museum from scratch, he’s your guy!
Bob is Wisconsin born and bred. He grew up in Fort Atkinson and Appleton, attended Marquette University, attended the seminary, and married soon thereafter. He joined the Navy in the late 1950’s and taught at the Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego. In 1963, when his military service was complete, a job in lab equipment sales was waiting for him at Hamilton’s. He eventually moved into project management and ended his career at Hamilton’s with a total of 34 years which includes a 2 year return to the job from 2003-2005.
In Two Rivers, Bob and his first...