The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill Welcome to Edes & Gill. We are a historical interpretive site and museum. We give printing demonstrations daily on our 18th c reproduction wooden presses and print document of the American Revolution.
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Retail store is on site The Printing Office of Edes & Gill was founded by Gary Gregory, President of of Lessons on Liberty Inc. Our goal was to create a living history exhibit along Boston's historic Freedom Trail that could connect all of the Freedom Trail Sites and their stories though the medium of the printed word. Nothing happened in revolutionary Boston that was not reported in the most important Patriot News paper in the 13 Colonies, The Boston Gazette. Printed by Benjamin Edes and his partner John Gill form 1755 to 1775. We have recreated the Print House of Edes & Gill as a living history exhibit where visitors to our shop can see first hand seditious broadsides and newspapers being printed on colonial era printing presses.

Retail store is on site The Printing Office of Edes & Gill was founded by Gary Gregory, President of of Lessons on Liberty Inc. Our goal was to create a living history exhibit along Boston's historic Freedom Trail that could connect all of the Freedom Trail Sites and their stories though the medium of the printed word. Nothing happened in revolutionary Boston that was not reported in the most important Patriot News paper in the 13 Colonies, The Boston Gazette. Printed by Benjamin Edes and his partner John Gill form 1755 to 1775. We have recreated the Print House of Edes & Gill as a living history exhibit where visitors to our shop can see first hand seditious broadsides and newspapers being printed on colonial era printing presses.

Operating as usual

July 3, 2012, First Printing of  John Gill’s Boston Edition of the Declaration of Independance for the first time in 236...
07/01/2020

July 3, 2012, First Printing of John Gill’s Boston Edition of the Declaration of Independance for the first time in 236 years! You can support Edes & Gill with an online purchase of this amazing document from our online store. https://the-printing-office-of-edes-gill.square.site

We at Lessons on Liberty and The Printing Office of Edes & Gill have been closely following The CovId-19 epidemic. Our h...
03/14/2020

We at Lessons on Liberty and The Printing Office of Edes & Gill have been closely following The CovId-19 epidemic. Our historical interpreters work directly and in close contact with the public. All guidance on the virus suggest public gatherings should be radically curtailed and at a minimum social distancing be practiced. The most recent public announcements and actions by state, local, national and international public health officials all suggest that anything that can be done to slow the spread of this virus can and should be done.
As of today at 5 pm we are closing our Faneuil Hall Shop and ending public tours until further notice. We do hope to reopen on April 1st if the situation materially changes.
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further announcements. We thank you for your kind patience during this unfortunate crisis.
As a side note - we will continue to sell prints and documents online so look for the link within the next week!

Thank you,
Gary Gregory
President
Lessons on Liberty Inc.
The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Edes & Gill is very pleased to offer a new full size e...
03/03/2020

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Edes & Gill is very pleased to offer a new full size engraving of Paul Revere’s Boston Massacre print! Meticulously hand engraved, printed, and colored by Andy Volpe this is a chance to own a unique print! Andy will be demonstrating the hand printing of these prints at Edes & Gill on our wooden 18thc reproduction copperplate press this Saturday March 7, 2020 at our shop at Faneuil Hall. We will also have colored and black and white prints available for sale that day. We can also ship prints. This 250th Anniversary Edition is $65 color and $30 for black and white, $8.95 for shipping!

Apprentice Indenture Contract hot off the press of Edes & GillPrinted on Arches Cotton (smaller sheet) and St. Armand 10...
02/07/2020

Apprentice Indenture Contract hot off the press of Edes & Gill
Printed on Arches Cotton (smaller sheet) and St. Armand 100% laid rag paper
$14.95 ea. Shipping $5.00 ea.

New Samuel Adams Tap Room open at Faneuil Hall!Just steps away from Edes & Gill at Faneuil Hall I paid a visit to my new...
02/02/2020

New Samuel Adams Tap Room open at Faneuil Hall!
Just steps away from Edes & Gill at Faneuil Hall I paid a visit to my new neighbors, Samual Adams Tap Room. Fantastic views and an amazing array of beers on tap!
So stop by Edes & Gill for your history fix and then wet your whistle with a nice craft beer from Samuel Adam’s #samueladamsfaneuilhall

My name is Kneeland...descendant of boston printer Samuel Kneeland!Exciting day at Edes & Gill, met this fantastic lady ...
02/02/2020

My name is Kneeland...descendant of boston printer Samuel Kneeland!
Exciting day at Edes & Gill, met this fantastic lady who is a direct descendant of John Gill’s master while he was learning the printing trade. Gill actually married one of Kneeland’s daughters.
First Kneeland we’ve met !

Our Benjamin Edes Crisis print, 13,000 individuals pieces of 7pt. Caslon type to reproduce!
12/19/2019

Our Benjamin Edes Crisis print, 13,000 individuals pieces of 7pt. Caslon type to reproduce!

Thanks to the History Girl for posting this!  We have hand printed the Boston edition of  “The American Crisis” printed ...
12/19/2019

Thanks to the History Girl for posting this! We have hand printed the Boston edition of “The American Crisis” printed in January of 1777 by Benjamin Edes. Our prints are available at Edes & Gill Faneuil Hall Boston.

Today in #history: "These are times that try men's souls…" #OTD, Decemember 19, 1776, Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay. Number 1 of this series was written during Washington's retreat across #NewJersey and by his order was read to his dispirited and suffering soldiers. These are the words that should be remembered across New Jersey and the nation, for it was these struggling soldiers fighting for independence that never gave up. "These are times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Did you know that Thomas Paine also resided in Bordentown, NJ periodically from 1783 until his death in 1809? #SpreadTheHistory

Just received our custom hand made Floor Cloth from Americana Floorcloths, it was worth the wait! Alongside our new wall...
07/15/2019

Just received our custom hand made Floor Cloth from Americana Floorcloths, it was worth the wait! Alongside our new wallpaper from Adelphi Paper Hangings, and furniture from Mass Woodworks the retail shop at Edes & Gill is looking very 18thc,
Please do come and visit the shop as we have lots of new prints, maps, and unique postcards for ready money.

07/15/2019

Just received our custom hand made Floor Cloth from Americana Floorcloths, it was worth the wait! Alongside our new wallpaper from Adelphi Paper Hangings, and furniture from Mass Woodworks the retail shop at Edes & Gill is looking very 18thc,
Please do come and visit the shop as we have lots of new prints, maps, and unique postcards for ready money.

Celebrating Edes & Gill’s 1 year anniversary TODAY at FANEUIL HALL!So thankful for this amazing opportunity and for ever...
07/01/2019

Celebrating Edes & Gill’s 1 year anniversary TODAY at FANEUIL HALL!
So thankful for this amazing opportunity and for everyone who has helped us get the shop up and running. We have a very smart and talented group of historical interpreters working for us who make visiting Edes & Gill a special experience for our guest! Thank you!

Nervously thinking about hanging this amazing hand printed wallpaper for Edes & Gills newly appointed retail space...Any...
04/25/2019

Nervously thinking about hanging this amazing hand printed wallpaper for Edes & Gills newly appointed retail space...
Any tips greatly appreciated

Happy New Year from Edes & Gill!Apparently one of our apprentice’s has been busy at the case.
01/05/2019

Happy New Year from Edes & Gill!
Apparently one of our apprentice’s has been busy at the case.

A couple of able bodied pressman showed up at Edes & Gill this weekend at Faneuil Hall
10/08/2018

A couple of able bodied pressman showed up at Edes & Gill this weekend at Faneuil Hall

Edes & Gilll doesn’t normally do commercial work, BUT when my friends at Liberty Tree Distillery asked us to print label...
10/01/2018

Edes & Gilll doesn’t normally do commercial work, BUT when my friends at Liberty Tree Distillery asked us to print labels for a very special Founders Reserve Rum, we jumped at it...especially since we got paid in RUM! The labels were hand printed on the wooden common press at Edes & Gill and the bottles are hand blown glass, not to mention world class rum inside! #edesandgill #printmaking #libertytreedistillers

The first copper plate intaglio prints ever produced in Faneuil Hall, printed on wooden presses. Stop by to see more ori...
09/24/2018

The first copper plate intaglio prints ever produced in Faneuil Hall, printed on wooden presses. Stop by to see more original printmaking! #edesandgill #printmaking @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Shop owner Gary Gregory printing the Declaration Of Independence! Live printing demonstrations going on daily at Faneuil...
09/11/2018

Shop owner Gary Gregory printing the Declaration Of Independence! Live printing demonstrations going on daily at Faneuil Hall.

Yes! New signs painted at Edes & Gill, Faneuil Hall
08/02/2018

Yes! New signs painted at Edes & Gill, Faneuil Hall

Freshly hand painted sign hung out at Faneuil Hall today!Thanks Dave Workman for the fantastic design and painting!
07/17/2018

Freshly hand painted sign hung out at Faneuil Hall today!
Thanks Dave Workman for the fantastic design and painting!

We had an amazing opening week at our new FANEUIL HALL location! Guest from all over the country who follow us on Facebo...
07/12/2018

We had an amazing opening week at our new FANEUIL HALL location! Guest from all over the country who follow us on Facebook stopped by to wish us well and to purchase our first Faneuil Prints of the Boston Edition of the Declaration. we are absolutely thrilled to be in Americas "Cradle of Liberty" Faneuil Hall.

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07/12/2018

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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill reached 1,000 likes!
07/08/2018

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill reached 1,000 likes!

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06/24/2018
The History List

The History List

Very exciting news to share: The Printing Office of Edes & Gill is opening in Faneuil Hall July 1. We just finished moving the press in. Gary has been at Old North Church for the last six years. This is the first spot that has opened in Faneuil Hall in more than 15 years. For those of you coming to #historycamp #boston on July 7, Gary will be speaking in the morning and will be back in the shop in the afternoon.

Edes & Gill has the best friends!  With a lot of help we MOVED IN to Faneuil Hall today.Looking forward to printing in t...
06/24/2018

Edes & Gill has the best friends! With a lot of help we MOVED IN to Faneuil Hall today.
Looking forward to printing in this amazing space come July 1st...hope to see everyone there soon.

Getting ready to move in at Faneuil Hall !
06/22/2018

Getting ready to move in at Faneuil Hall !

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill's cover photo
06/16/2018

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill's cover photo

We are very pleased to announce our new location.....in America’s  Cradle of Liberty,                                FAN...
06/15/2018

We are very pleased to announce our new location.....in America’s Cradle of Liberty,

FANEUIL HALL!

Opening July 1st, 2018 in Stall No. 5 just steps away from the Samuel Adams statue.

06/14/2018

Exciting announcement coming very soon regarding a new location for Edes & Gill!

Thank you!My heart-felt thanks to everyone who took the time to respond on FB to our post and for being so wonderfully k...
03/20/2018

Thank you!
My heart-felt thanks to everyone who took the time to respond on FB to our post and for being so wonderfully kind in your words about Edes & Gill
I also want to thank everyone who stopped by this past weekend on our last day at Clough House..it was very humbling to hear your sentiments on what we have done at Edes & Gill and how much you enjoyed having us on the North End.

I would also like to thank all of the amazing talent we have had working for us at the shop. TripAdvisor has given us their “Outstanding” award each and every year we have been open. Edes & Gill is now ranked 16th of 416 Things to do in Boston making us the highest ranking individual site along the entire Freedom Trail !
I was recently asked how we train the folks that work at Edes & Gill as this person who teaches public history felt we did a really good job of interpretation. My response was that we hire people who are passionate about history and they train themselves.....
So that end I have to thank the many passionate people who have worked in the shop. First and foremost is Tyler Kerr, Tylor started working for us in 2014 and found us because he had a passion for printing. He has been an inspiration to all that have been fortunate enough to have him share his passion about printing. Bob Miller was the first employee besides myself. He was working the weekday shifts in the shop for the first couple of years.being a North Bennet School graduate Bobs real passion is fine furniture making but is one of the best at recalling Historical facts and stories. Least you think this printing business is just for men...Michelle Gabrielson stepped in during the summer months when her job as a history teacher took a break for the summer. Michele did a fantastic job of researching ladies in Printing during the revolution. One of Michele’s cohorts was Joe Green who’s enthusiasm pretty much matched Michelle’s is a young engineering student who I caught one day with Michele printing tee-shirts on our Wooden Common Press, shocked as I was I noticed that they had produced a quantity of really cool tees with the Declaration of Independence printed on them! If you saw a young man outside Clough House nailing a Declaration of Independence to a tree and he was weeping.... that would be Thomas Dietzel, who is perhaps the most patriotic person I have ever met... not a bad printer either!
You may have noticed a very nice selection of hand watercolored, hand printed intaglio prints for sale in the shop. For these we have the talented Andy Volpe. Andy’s love of painting and engraving and printmaking and has been invaluable to our success with prints. I would be remiss if I didn’t add a more recent hire in the form of Rick Taylor. Rick is an author, librarian, editor, and extraordinary story teller with a great sense of humor. That humor added a great dimension to our presentations. There are of course a host of others whom I wish to thank as well.

Again
Thank You!
Gary Gregory
Founder
Lessons on Liberty Inc
The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Email: [email protected]

03/10/2018

Dear Friends of Edes & Gill

Edes & Gill will be moving from our current location at Clough House as of March 19th. We remain committed to providing a unique, relevant, quality historical experience for guest on the Freedom Trail and we are exploring the best possible way to continue that.
We are thankful for the experience we have had over the past seven years and for all of the amazing guest who have taken the time to visit us. We would also like to thank the Old North Church Foundation for the wonderful space at Clough House and wish them the best.
Stay tuned !

I am and remain,
You most humble Servant,
Gary Gregory
Founder
Edes & Gill

02/20/2018
The Papermaker

Paper to a printer is magical.....I love this mans passion, I can relate...

„The Papermaker“ is a short documentary about one of the last handcrafting papermakers in Europe and his great love for paper. Gangolf Ulbricht makes…

Really great article on Edes & Gill!
01/21/2018
Boston 1775

Really great article on Edes & Gill!

Attacking a rival printer on the street in Jan 1768 cost John Mein a day in court—two, in fact: https://buff.ly/2DUhBmD #sestercentennial

Happy New Year from Edes & Gill!We are very pleased to announce that we have received a GRANT from The Massachusetts Cha...
01/16/2018

Happy New Year from Edes & Gill!

We are very pleased to announce that we have received a GRANT from The Massachusetts Chapter of The Society of the Cincinnati to put together an 18th c watercolor exhibit and demonstration.

Watercoloring was a popular pastime and art form in the 18th century and we seek to re-create the materials use by artist and practitioners of the craft.

As you know we produce and sell copperplate prints in both hand watercolored and black & white editions.

We will be posting more information on dates and times of our watercolor demonstrations here as we form our schedule for the season.

Our many thanks and most humble gratitude to the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati for there generosity.

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill's cover photo
07/08/2013

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill's cover photo

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Located in the Historic 1712 Ebenezer Clough House behind the Old North Church. OPEN HOURS 2017 Feb 18-25, 11-4pm, March-Apri 9th, Sat/Sun 11-5pm, April 15th- May 31st, 11-5pm daily, June 1st-Oct 31 11-5:30pm November Fri-Sun 11-5pm Dec: Sat and school vacation, 11-4pm Available for groups and private tours

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Love this page, hope we can film at your place in the near future!
Walked through Faneuil Hall and spent a few awesome minutes learning about the printing process - still waiting to hear how many wpm he can “set”!
The Printing Office of Edes & Gill is the most authentic experience of Pre-Revolution Boston. Thank you!
Looks like the move of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill is very successful! I guess I just have to go and visit.
Hope to visit someday!
Good Luck Today, Gary!!
Curtis Thornton this is the place I was telling you about at Courtney's wedding.
Thank you, Gary--you have added tremendously to our history, and thank you for fostering all this talent and keeping history alive! Look forward to seeing you back at the press!