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Historic AZ Printing Presses
November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Explore Arizona’s most historic frontier printing presses without leaving town. Troy Groves chronicles printing in Arizona, from territorial days through statehood at a free lecture at the Sharlot Hall Museum on Saturday, November 10, beginning at 2 p.m.
A free and unfettered press remains a Constitutional edict, but that wasn’t always the case in the wild, wild West when a six-gun often carried more editorial clout than a two-ton letterpress newspaper. Groves explores the legends and lore, as well as the facts about those who operated these old-fashioned printing presses.
Those editors printed all the news that was fit to print, created the tools of commerce on the Frontier, faced the challenges of editorial discourse (and discontent) in reporting the events of the day.
Groves describes the kinds of printing presses and print operations common on the Frontier, along with historical footnotes. A long-time Living History interpreter and archival researcher, he operates the Sharlot Hall Museum print shop as a volunteer and has a home letterpress studio. He spends his days casting metal type at Skyline Type Foundry as one of the few remaining castermen in the country.
From hot-type slugs to type cases, discover how ‘freedom of the press’ was often defined by those who printed it, which was not always foundried in the community’s best interest.
The Sharlot Hall Museum sponsors the monthly lecture series as a free exchange of historical education and interest. The lecture is currently held in the West Gallery and begins promptly at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
The Museum is located at 415 West Gurley Street in downtown Prescott, two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza. For more information, call 928-445-3122.