Just a few days after the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum‘s annual Wayzgoose type conference in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bill Moran, the museum’s artistic director, announced that the invaluable repository of typographic history will likely be evicted from an original Hamilton building that dates to 1926. “We don’t know where we’re moving to and we don’t know how we’re going to get there,” he told me.
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, which hosts the largest collection of “wood” in the United States, is too important to be sacrificed to developers. While the current building is no longer an option, other structures are potentially viable. Moran just needs money to make it happen.
The eviction date could be as soon February, but more likely it will happen in April. “We will be closing our doors to the public at least a month before the move,” Moran adds. Hamilton Wood Type will be staying in Two Rivers, and Moran and company are looking at a couple building options as a possible short-term move until a more permanent solution emerges. “We will do our best to continue to offer classes in the wake of the move, but we’re not sure where they’ll take place.”
Hamilton needs donors to contribute to the tune of $250,000 as a short-term goal, and in just one week they’ve received $65,000 in donations. Designers must join together to preserve this incredible resource. Pledges can be made here.
Photographs from Wayzgoose 2012, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, by Jeff Dawson.
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