Friday, May 7, 2010

Colonial Printing Workshop

Printed documents are essential to the smooth operation of government and business, so it’s not surprising that the first printer in English North America south of Massachusetts operated out of St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital!  Modern visitors to Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) can explore a colonial printer’s operation in the reconstructed Print House.

In June, HSMC will offer a two-day intensive workshop for those who wish to immerse themselves in the colonial print trade. Sessions will take place on consecutive Saturdays, June 5 and 12, from 9 a.m. until noon. “Apprentice” printers will enjoy a hands-on experience using ancient skills and replica tools to compose, justify, and produce documents. Discover where Maryland’s first printer, William Nuthead, got the supplies he needed. Try each of the steps involved in making a print and keeping a typical 17th century printing Franklin press in working order. You will gain a new appreciation for your desk jet!

Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required by contacting interpretive programs coordinator Aaron Meisinger at 240-895-4978 or There is a non-refundable fee of $50 ($40 for Friends), which includes all materials, including a suitable-for-framing print to take home, and admission to the museum.

For more information about Historic St. Mary’s City exhibits and programs, visit or call 240-895-4990.
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