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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 13, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Eric last modified Dec 12, 2012

Adam F. sends news that the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI is being forced to move out of the building, perhaps as early as February 2013. With no cash for such a move and literally tons of rare wood type specimens to pack up, this is bad news for anyone who loves design history and printing. Find out how you can help this important institution after the jump... As stated...




 

 

Picture 1Adam F. sends news that the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI is being forced to move out of the building, perhaps as early as February 2013. With no cash for such a move and literally tons of rare wood type specimens to pack up, this is bad news for anyone who loves design history and printing. Find out how you can help this important institution after the jump...

As stated in a recent press release:

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum will no longer reside in the building that bears its name. The property owners recently informed the museum that the 1619 Jefferson St. building in Two Rivers, Wisconsin will close and must be vacated, perhaps as early as February 2013.

Hamilton Wood Type is urgently seeking donations to address this sudden need and to protect its vast
collection of wood type, antique printing equipment and rare type specimen catalogs. The museum’s
director Jim Moran, artistic director Bill Moran and assistant director Stephanie Carpenter remain
committed to transitioning to a new space.

“We are definitely moving and will be staying in Two Rivers,” says Jim Moran. “Unfortunately, the
hopes of staying in the Hamilton building are not an option. It will be an important break in continuity for Hamilton as a manufacturer going back to 1880. However, this is an opportunity to find a location where we can better protect, preserve, organize and demonstrate this enormous and valuable collection.”

Moran estimates it will require at least $250,000 and an army of volunteers to physically move the
millions of pieces of type, plates, presses, tools and raw materials. He adds, “We are humbly, but
aggressively asking for cash donations.”

When a final date has been determined, workshops and other events at the museum will cease at least one month prior to the move. Hamilton Wood Type intends to host a farewell party with celebrated authors, professors and practitioners among the guest speakers. Hamilton will publish key dates for the move and volunteer opportunities as they are established.

Donors already have pledged more than $65,000. Contributions may be made online at
http://www.woodtype.org/support.

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I've visited this museum and it's amazing. I'm sad to hear of their predicament, but I'm hopeful that people like you can help raise the funds needed to find this unique institution its new home. Please help here.

Image via woodtype.org


 

 

 
 
 

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