WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. The Lancaster Heritage Press Museum and The .918 Club are raising funds to create a new Heritage Press Education Center to preserve and promote letterpress printing and the book arts.
THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY generously offered The .918 Club the use of the Naval Reserve Training Center building at its Orange Street campus. This 70-year-old, 3,000-square-foot building needs to be restored to bring its systems up to code and be ADA compliant.
The updated facility will greatly expand the classroom, studio and exhibition space available for workshops in letterpress printing, paper making, book binding and other educational experiences. The construction work has already begun and continues as quickly as material and labor costs are funded by generous businesses and individuals.
THE LANCASTER HERITAGE PRESS MUSEUM'S .918 CLUB VOLUNTEERS have been working to create a Center for Letterpress, Printmaking, Paper & the Book Arts. We want to be able to provide these programs to more individuals, Scouts, community groups and educational institutions.
There is an emphasis on hands-on education at the proposed Heritage Press Education Center. This vision adds to our downtown Lancaster museum where The .918 Club volunteers demonstrate printing in our recreated 1920‘s era letterpress print shop.
The .918 Club's knowledgeable volunteers have also been preserving letterpress printing presses, type and other equipment, bringing them back to life for use at the Heritage Press Education Center. Letterpress has been experiencing a renaissance, especially among young professional designers and book artists.
FROM BEN FRANKLIN'S TIME TO THE PRESENT, the Lancaster area has made notable contributions to the history of printing. The demand for reviving the traditions of craftsmanship and learning to apply them to the future, to printing and the book arts is significant.
Multiple club members have already contributed over $30,000 to the project. This Fundly drive is trying to close the gap on the $100,000 needed to complete the entire renovation & restoration.
With your help, new generations will be able to appreciate and learn the processes of one of man's oldest and greatest achievements—printing.
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