Hamilton Type Museum Likely to Be Evicted

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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5 thoughts on “Hamilton Type Museum Likely to Be Evicted

  1. Amy Dritz

    I’m surprised the museum is not a registered historical landmark. Being the original building and such an iconic piece of history, it’s a shame that the building will be lost. However, the collection is most important and I hope you get the support needed to find a new home.

  2. Irving Silverman

    I am pleased to be acknowledged as the grandfather of the Hamilton Wood Type Printing Museum. My wife, Nancy (now deceased) and I owned the largest collection of wood type in America and in her honor, we donated the bulk of our collection to the museum, to serve as the core of the collection. We were proud that our type would be preserved in perpetuity for historians, artists, wood type printing scholars and preservationists. Letterpress was the earliest beginning of the printing craft.
    I am calling on individuals, corporations, foundations, everyone connected to the printing arts to join in a massive fund raising campaign to help move the Hamilton Museum to a new home where it can continue to serve as a genuine American treasure. Irving Silverman, aged 92.

  3. Michael Hurley

    Fritz Klinke of NA Graphics made an excellent suggestion on the LETPRESS mailing list that I think should get a more public airing. I know that Hamilton would greatly prefer to stay in their traditional home town of Two Rivers, but just across the lake in Ludington, MI, is the historic factory of the Thompson Cabinet Co., who made printers’ furniture and cabinetry, and which is still owned by the Thompson family. Thompson is also struggling to survive in this modern world but they still have all their old equipment and patterns. Perhaps the Hamilton people could look into the Thompson building as a permanent home and perhaps save both valuable resources in the process? A public museum of printing equipment, perhaps?

    Both of these companies were once the pinnacles of their fields and are of immense historical value to the printing and graphic design communities. It would be a horrible waste to see either vanish into the mists of history.

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