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The Itinerant Printer

September 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tramp Printers – History, Lore & Stories from the Road

The history of itinerant printers is as old as the history of printing itself; movable type being moved by peripatetic practitioners of the black art. The nomadic lifestyle of journeymen printers is examined critically and comically, and careful consideration is given to the indispensable role tramps played in the dissemination of information, techniques, and knowledge. The Itinerant Printer will also share stories and images from the road, along with an overview of the cities, shops, and institutions to come. A show-and-tell with the postcards and prints that have been made to date, with Q & A about techniques, challenges, and little victories will follow.


September 17, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



The 918 Club

Monthly Events

Boy Scout Graphic Arts Merit Badge Workshop

September 12, October 10

You are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to earn the Graphic Arts merit badge using the 600-year-old letterpress printing process. With minimal advanced preparations, you will be able to leave at the end of the night with the merit badge complete. 2017 Workshop Information The workshops scheduled for March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, September 18th and October 16th are all sold out. The 2018 merit badge workshop dates will be posted on February 1st. Please check back then.

Book Arts Center & Letterpress Studio Renovation

Every Tuesday, 9am – 3pm

Thaddeus Stevens has given us a building on campus to use as a letterpress studio. The old Naval Reserve building on Parkside Avenue built during the Korean War has no insulation or lighting and the windows are metal framed single pane. The renovations to the building will include a HVAC system, energy efficient replacement windows, wall insulation, wall treatment and lighting. JK Mechanical of Willow Street has donated and installed a high efficiency Carrier gas fired furnace and air conditioning system. No internal structural changes will be needed since an open floor plan is most desirable for the center. Your help is needed as we as we prepare this building for our club to use as a training facility as well as offering open shop time for qualified members. Presently help is needed in cleaning the leftovers out of the buiulding.

The Printers at Work

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 12 – 4pm
Every Sunday from 12 – 3pm

Visit the Heritage Press Museum and enjoy a unique demonstration by members of the .918 Club of letterpress printing in America in the early 20th Century.

Club Members Monthly Meeting

Every Fourth Wednesday, 7 – 8:30pm

You are invited to join this group of individuals who are determined to keep the craft of hand set letterpress printing alive and well in Lancaster County.