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  • Hamilton Stories: Bill Ahearn

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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  • Hamilton Stories: David Artz

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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  • Hamilton Stories: Mardell Doubek

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    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History, was a six-event speaker series at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2015 and early 2016, that commemorated the occupational heritage and process of making wood type. Founded in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880, the Hamilton Manufacturing Company became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. As a local employer and an enduring legacy, Hamilton established a culture of quality, pride and innovation that influenced the community to this day.

    Hamilton Stories was established to preserve the stories of six former Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s wood type cutting area. Each event featured one guest speaker who shared his or her personal experience at the company. The Museum Director interviewed each speaker with a series of questions to reveal their experiences and guide audience members through the process of creating wood type. Beginning with harvesting wood, cutting letterforms on a pantograph and finally trimming...

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  • Hamilton Stories: Don Konop

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    This weekend Don Konop shared with us his Hamilton story. Don was hired at the Hamilton Manufacturing Company in January of 1959 as a machine hand working on various type of machinery. After many years and promotions from Cabinet Maker to General Supervisor, he ended up being the Plant Manager of the entire wood plant. He regaled us with many tales, including what it was like to be in the Hamilton Marching Band. Don is now the President of the Two Rivers Historical Society and we are very happy to work with him.

    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History is a six-event speaker series celebrating Hamilton Manufacturing Company’s occupational heritage and the process of making wood type. This was the third event in this series. The museum is recording and preserving the memories of original Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s type cutting area. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National...

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  • Hamilton Stories: Norb Brylski

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    If we think of Norb Brylski as the museum's godfather, he surely didn't disappoint in the second round of our oral history series. Norb's history began in Pulaski Wisconsin, where he worked and operated his own shop in that town. From his beginning at Hamilton in the early 60s, this is the story of a man who adapted to all the tasks he was asked to learn. Pattern maker, wood finisher, sander and type cutter are a few of the thing's Professor Brylski expounded upon in the interview. A voice that took us from the Hamilton factory, through the rise and fall of HWT, and then to becoming one of the best loved volunteers at the new Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Norbert Brylski shared his wealth of stories and personal past.

    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History is a six-event speaker series celebrating Hamilton Manufacturing Company’s occupational heritage and the process of making wood type. The museum is recording and preserving the memories of original Hamilton employees who worked...

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  • Hamilton Stories: Kenny Koenig

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    Master carpenter Kenny Koenig gave an engaging interview for Hamilton's first of six oral histories at the museum. With his tenure of employment spanning the 70s until the plant closing, his is a unique voice to preserve. From information regarding everything from kiln drying wood for type, to knowledge of the "type shop" and observing the closing of the plant first-hand, Kenny provided us with great insights into an important period in the company's history.

    Hamilton Stories: An Oral History is a six-event speaker series celebrating Hamilton Manufacturing Company’s occupational heritage and the process of making wood type. The museum is recording and preserving the memories of original Hamilton employees who worked in the company’s type cutting area. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Check out the program page for more information about this series and see upcoming dates!

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