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History Lab: Basic Printmaking Techniques

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History Lab: Basic Printmaking Techniques


History Lab wants to send the message that printing techniques changed the world! FREE EVENT.

How did you type something like this before the internet, before computers, or even before typewriters?

The simple act of producing perfect, identical letters at the touch of a button is a very recent development. Even the typewriter as some of us came to know it wasn’t commercially available until 1873–nearly 20 years after the Neill-Cochran House was built and 34 years after Austin’s founding. Even then, the typewriter can only make one (or a few) copies of what you type. More complicated processes go into printing newspapers and books, many of which did not become computerized until the 1970s.

Because our lives have changed so much by the ability to copy and print sentences and images quickly and inexpensively, we decided to get into the lab this month and see what printing was like in its earliest forms.

Did you remember to proofread?

History lab experimenters will be able set up and print their own messages as well as a few pre-made images. Remember: everything prints backwards. Double remember: hand-made greeting cards are as post-worthy as they are pinterest-worthy.

This activity is best suited for experimenters ages 8 & up but younger children are always welcome to work with a grown-up.

What do I do while I wait?

Heritage games and our museum scavenger hunts make an excellent way to pass the time while the ink is drying! Our Anna Stanley exhibit will also be on view, complete with family-friendly interpretive guides

But is it really free?

Yes! Like all of our History Lab programming, this workshop is free. All you need to bring is your curiosity.

(Formerly scheduled for Sunday January 13th - now rescheduled for Sunday January 6th).



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