Postponed - Typography in the Midwest | Newberry

Postponed - Typography in the Midwest

Bill Moran and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Thursday, March 26, 2020

6 to 7:30 pm

Ruggles Hall

Open to the Public

The Newberry has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To enable visitors to practice social distancing now recommended by both the Center for Disease Control and the Chicago Department of Public Health, we have decided to postpone this program. Please visit for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.

Since its founding in 2000, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has been a national center for print and type history. In this talk, the museum’s directors, Bill and Jim Moran, will discuss the museum’s historical and contemporary role in fostering type design and production in the Midwest.

Hamilton Manufacturing started in 1880 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, where it quickly grew to become the country’s largest maker of wood type and printing equipment. As Hamilton proceeded to acquire its competitors over the next decades, it had the effect of homogenizing and streamlining the hundreds of designs that had proliferated during the nineteenth century.

Surveying the company’s history, this talk will examine key points in the evolution of styles—an evolution that lives on in the twenty-first century at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, which promotes its founder’s legacy and the history of printing with the largest collection of wood type and printing material in the US. With the help of internationally known designers, new wood types are still being created as part of the Wood Type Legacy Project.

This initiative, which also features digital versions of these new fonts, exemplifies Hamilton’s commitment to the principle of preservation-through-use. In their presentation, Bill and Jim will showcase highlights from the initiative, including samples of the wood type, prints made using these fonts, and process images from the designers.

Speakers’ bios:

Jim Moran is Director of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. He has studied and contributed to the art and craft of print for more than 35 years. He leads letterpress workshops, archives the collection, and maintains the museum on a daily basis.

Bill Moran is Artistic Director of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum and a third-generation letterpress printer and graphic designer. Bill also teaches printing history at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Hamilton Wood Type, A History in Headlines.

This program is generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. It is part of the Newberry’s What Is the Midwest? project, funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Cost and Registration Information 

This program has been postponed. We hope to reschedule at a later date.