Letterpress History comes alive in DVD documentary

Letterpress History comes alive in DVD documentary

Last chance to order this piece of history


Minnesota Newspaper Museum at the MN State Fair

The Minnesota Newspaper Foundation produced a beautiful DVD featuring letterpress printing and the importance of newspapers in Minnesota’s history. A final order of the DVDs will be placed soon and this may be your last chance to order it.

Footage was shot at the Minnesota Newspaper Museum during the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. The museum was located at Heritage Square at the State Fairgrounds. The building  is scheduled to be razed this fall due to changes in the Fair’s plans for Heritage Square.

A new location on the fairgrounds is being evaluated to house the impressive collection that depicts a letterpress newspaper shop of the 1940s. It is perhaps one of the premier working letterpress equipment collections in the nation and will be preserved for generations to come.

The DVD is titled “Newspapers’ Place in History.” It is divided into four parts: Linotype, Composition, Press, Job Shop and Editorial. It is an inspiring tribute to our industry’s past and stresses the important job newspapers continue to do in writing Minnesota’s history, one week at a time.

The 15-minute film is perfect for showing at service clubs, schools and museums. Newspapers are encouraged to consider purchasing an extra copy to donate to their local museums to compliment static displays.

This video was funded  with a generous grant from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, made possible by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution established in November of 2008.

Copies of the video are available to Minnesota’s newspapers for a $15 donation to the museum plus $2 postage.

Checks should be written to the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation. To order a video, contact:

Julie Bergman, Project Coordinator
1004 20th Avenue SE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721

E: julie@wiktel.com

P: 218.230.8943