Hamilton Wood Type Museum Urgently Needs Help

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is losing its space. They’re in urgent need of donations in order to move the huge collection to a new facility and continue their work preserving printing history!

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.”

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

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

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  1. Anthony Lauer

    This museum is a treasure to any and all designers. I went last summer, and it is amazing! The historical fonts created, housed, and able to be used at this museum are a treasure to the history of design in America. The fact that the Moren brothers have opened this collection up to the public for use, and kept this place open and preserved is amazing. I know I’m in state and will drive up to help move when the time is ready. Please donate so someday you and thousands of other designers and artists can come and be inspired and educated.

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