.918 Club Building Fund

We need your help!

The .918 Club is transforming a building into a Book Arts Center and Letterpress Studio on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Read on to learn more about how this piece of Lancaster history is taking on new life and how you can help.

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Building Fund

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has given The .918 Club the opportunity to turn the old Naval Reserve building on their branch campus into the Heritage Press Education Center. The Naval Reserve building, constructed during the Korean War, is a one story 3,000 sq ft cinder block building without insulation, lighting, heat or air-conditioning. The renovations to the building will include significant energy upgrades, replacement windows, wall treatments, lighting and other updates to ensure that our historical equipment is optimally maintained and there is ample studio space for classes. All equipment and supplies for the facility are presently owned by The .918 Club.

Click Here for A Brief History of the Navel Reserve Building

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After renovations, the Naval Reserve building, will become a center for students of the Visual Communications curriculum to experience traditional printing technologies. It will also be a center for the community to learn letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking, and typography. As community members and students are introduced to the book arts, they will have the opportunity to use the studio to experiment with typographic form and physical composition of the printed page.

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The small space we presently occupy in the Branch Campus building has limited the number of individuals who can participate in letterpress workshops. Our original studio space in downtown Lancaster was four times the size of our present location so we have a large amount of equipment in storage. With the restoration of the Naval Reserve building, the increased space will enable us to increase workshop participation and to remove equipment from storage for use and public display in the new facility.

We exist only because of your financial support and the dedication of volunteers who share a passion for preserving the past and making it relevant to current and future generations.

We Need your Help!

We are undertaking this campaign to raise the $250,000 needed to complete the renovations to the building. JK Mechanical of Willow Street, PA has donated and installed a $15,000 high efficiency Carrier gas fired furnace and air-conditioning system. Thanks to this and other early donations, we are already at 20% of our goal.

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Please consider making a donation by downloading the form to be mailed to 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 along with your tax deductible donation check made payable to: The .918 Club Building Fund. For your convenience, you can also contribute online through PayPal. Thank You for your help.


The .918 Club (Heritage Press Museum, Heritage Press Education Center) is registered as a Charitable Organization in Pennsylvania. The official registration and financial information of The .918 Club may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The .918 Club is a 501(c)(3) organization classified as a public charity under section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Contributions to The .918 Club are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. The .918 Club is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.