20th Anniversary Celebration & Open House

Saturday, May 25 11 am - 7 pm

Please plan to visit us on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 11 am to 7 pm for a full-day 20th anniversary celebration! The museum Open House goes until 5 pm and the New Impressions Exhibition Reception is in the evening until 7 pm. Come explore the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and all it has to offer. 

The museum was started in 1999 as a working museum. This means that as we protect and preserve the world's largest collection of wood type, visitors from around the world have had the opportunity to be inspired by and print with these pieces in the museum collection. The Open House is a great opportunity to learn about the history of wood type and Hamilton, experience printing demonstrations, witness wood type cutting on a pantograph and enjoy a guided tour. All day visitors can pull a print of their own to take home. It's all FREE and open to the public. Join us for this family-friendly event. The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

If you want to get a hands-on, full-day experience, sign up for our full day workshop on Friday, May 24th. It is filling fast so sign up today!

20th Anniversary Celebration Schedule
Saturday, May 25th, 2019


All day from 11 am -4 pm: Print your own Poster and Tour the Museum

Get hands-on and learn about the process of manufacturing wood type, the art ofletterpress printing, and our work at the museum to preserve important parts of the rich history of American printing. Enjoy free popcorn!

11-12 noon: Jim Van Lanen Sr., Museum Founder, & Jim Moran, Museum Director
Hear about the founding of the museum and it’s role in the print community on a global scale.

12 noon-2 pm: Dean Konop Caricatures
Get a fun caricature by Two Rivers artist, Dean Konop.

1-2 pm: Wood Type Cutting Demonstration
See wood type being made by a second-generation type maker, George Liesch!

2-3 pm: Mystic Moods Band
Put your dancing shoes on for this local Oldies/Polka band.

3:30-4:30 pm: Jeff Dawson, Museum Board President, & Bill Moran, Artistic Director. (Due to a change in schedule Richard Zauft, Artistic Board Member, will not be speaking.)
Hear about the first day the museum opened in May of 1999 and the future of the museum as one of the premier wood type collections in the world.

Evening from 5-7 pm: New Impressions Gallery Reception
See 42 works of art from around the world and meet some of the printers. An exhibition of contemporary letterpress work. Light refreshments served. Read more about the New Impressions Exhibition.

All day you can join us to walk through the museum to learn about the process of manufacturing of wood type, the art of letterpress printing, and our work at the museum to preserve important parts of rich history of American printing. The workshop classroom will be open from 11 am until 5 pm so you can print your own poster! Museum Artistic Director, Bill Moran, will lead the way in how to make a print you can take home with you.

Extend your day at the museum and join us from 5-7 pm for the New Impressions exhibition reception. In our gallery we have work on display from 42 different letterpress artists from 9 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Norway, Brazil and Italy. We will be celebrating these artists and all the exciting things happening with letterpress printing. This event is also free.

If you would like a full, hands-on day of printing register for our letterpress workshop on Friday, May 24. That is the kick-off to our weekend of celebration. There are only 12 spaces and they are filling quickly, so sign up today!

For more information, please call the museum at 920.794.6272 or email info@woodtype.org.

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