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On August 18–19, step back in time to the days when type was set one letter at a time and books were handcrafted one at a time. During Letterpress Printing Weekend at The Farmers' Museum, you can learn and take part in the process of printing as it was done many years ago.

Hands-on activities make the weekend fun, such as setting type, sorting “pied type” by font, printing souvenir cards on a period job press, and making paper to take home. See the entire process involved in making books, from the manufacture of paper and lead type, to the setting of type, printing on nineteenth-century presses, and finally binding the books.

Book lovers will appreciate the origin of everyday expressions such as "out of sorts." John Barrett of Chicopee, Massachusetts, will be on-site demonstrating letterpress equipment and cautioning visitors to mind their p's and q's.

All the delightful activities that happen every day at The Farmers’ Museum will be taking place, such as the Empire State Carousel, wagon rides, experiencing life on a farm, and feeding the baby animals in children's barnyard.

All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.  Visit for more information.


About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

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August 2012
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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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