Heritage Press Museum at Building Character

Heritage Press Museum at Building Character The .918 Club, which runs the all-volunteer Heritage Press Museum, works to preserve the craft and history of letterpress printing with live demonstrations and an open forum to learn and share at the Heritage Press Museum, part of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.
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Not-for-profit Museum

02/12/2020
Printing in action

See our presses in action Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday each week. Proud member of the 300 Block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster.

12/27/2018
The .918 Club

The .918 Club

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character noon until 4pm on Saturday, December 29th.
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Hope you can make it out tonight, the museum will be open late!
12/21/2018

Hope you can make it out tonight, the museum will be open late!

This is the night you have been waiting for; the final Ladies Night Out of 2018! The perfect night to get your holiday shopping done. FREE massages, drinks, snacks,and parking from 6:30-9:00 pm.

08/27/2018
We Love Lancaster

Mark your calendars now for the Lancaster Printers Fair 2018, Sept. 14 & 15!!

The Lancaster Printers Fair 2018, Sept. 14 & 15 is less than a month away. The street fair Saturday along the 300 Block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster features 25 vendors, food vendors, learning, history and a World Record attempt of the most people printing with a potato!

I started a fundraising campaign: "Help us build the Heritage Press Education Center" and need your support! My goal is ...
05/04/2018

I started a fundraising campaign: "Help us build the Heritage Press Education Center" and need your support! My goal is to raise $40,000 in the next 57 days.

Supporting me is a snap! Simply visit my campaign page to become a supporter. Then look for updates about my progress and friendly reminders to donate.

Thank You for your help!

https://fundly.com/help-us-build-the-book-arts-center-and-letterpress-studio

#letterpress #printing #donate #help #fundly #918club #history #education #print #heritagepress #teaching #fundraising #lancasterpa #717 #printisnotdead

Heritage Press Museum at Building Character's cover photo
05/04/2018

Heritage Press Museum at Building Character's cover photo

The Itinerant Printer
01/14/2018
The Itinerant Printer

The Itinerant Printer

I'm thrilled to announce that The Itinerant Printer book is available for pre-order! If you act now, you'll receive five free mini-prints and a holographic foil teaser card that's perfect if you're giving the book as a gift. This gargantuan labor of love is in its final stages of pre-production, and should be shipping by early Spring 2018.

Part travel diary, part cultural anthropology, part philosophical musing, part poetic digression, The Itinerant Printer book is a series of interconnected yet independent vignettes that tell the story of two and a half years on the road visiting letterpress shops throughout America & Canada. I visited 137 shops, covered almost 50,000 miles, and made over 15,000 prints.

The large-format, hardcover book comprises over 300 pages and over 1,000 photos from the 2015-17 journey.

This is the ultimate index of this printing adventure, the culmination of all the miles, all the ink, all the paper, all the type, and the blood, sweat, and tears. See link below, grab yours today! http://itinerantprinter.com/product/itinerant-printer-coffee-table-book/

12/30/2017
Tenth + Fourth

Tenth + Fourth

Pretty sure you can't do this to a Kindle.

The .918 Club
10/20/2017

The .918 Club

William Pittenger will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from noon until 4pm on Friday, October 20th

Mike Donnelly will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character from 4 until 9pm on Third Friday, October 20th

09/07/2017
The .918 Club

The .918 Club

Richard Rutledge will be demonstrating letterpress printing in the print shop from noon until 3pm on Sunday, September 10th
346 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

#HeritagePressMuseum #LancasterLetterpressPrinters #letterpressprinting #letterpress

Meet Ken. Ken has been in the letterpress business since 1957 and is a retired industrial arts teacher who now spends mo...
02/04/2017

Meet Ken. Ken has been in the letterpress business since 1957 and is a retired industrial arts teacher who now spends most of his time with his grandkids and keeping letterpress alive in Lancaster. It's because of that passion that led Ken to start the .918 Club/Heritage Press Museum in 2004.

#letterpress #history #lancaster #printing #industrialart #blackandwhite #art #918club #lancasterpa #discoverlancaster #heritage #passion #downtownlancaster #heritagepressmuseum #pressmuseum

Rexmake will join the 2016 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair for the first time this Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11am-4pm ou...
09/15/2016
www.rexmake.com

Rexmake will join the 2016 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair for the first time this Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11am-4pm outside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER on the magnificent 300 Block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster.

http://rexmake.com/

This is the second year for Sea Heart City Press at the 2016 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair held this Sunday, Sept....
09/14/2016
Sea Heart City Press

This is the second year for Sea Heart City Press at the 2016 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair held this Sunday, Sept. 18 from 11am-4pm outside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER on the awesome 300 Block of North Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster.

https://seaheartcitypress.com/

Save the Mills College Book Art Program!
10/23/2015
Save the Mills College Book Art Program!

Save the Mills College Book Art Program!

On 10.20.15, students and alumni of the Mills College Book Art program got word that within 30 days the program might be completely cut. This program has existed for over 35 years, benefiting hundreds of students in the fields of book arts, bookbinding, printmaking, letterpress, and more. Students h…

Heritage Press Museum at Building Character's cover photo
10/12/2015

Heritage Press Museum at Building Character's cover photo

PHOTOS BY Jesse Egner Photography
10/12/2015

PHOTOS BY Jesse Egner Photography

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

THANK YOU to our exhibitors:
Leland Manufactory, Baltimore, MD
Sea Heart City Press, Washington, DC
Typecase Industries, Washington, DC
Keystone Letterpress, West Chester, PA
Ladies of Letterpress, Carlisle, PA
Thomas-Printers, Carlisle, PA
Conestoga Press, Akron, PA
Bowerbox Press, Baltimore, MD
Luminice Press, Philadelphia, PA
Freebird Paperie, Northumberland, PA
Gingerly Press, Landenburg, PA
.918 Club, Lancaster, PA
Typothecary Letterpress, Reading, PA
Letterpress Things, Chicopee, MA
Virgin Wood Type, Rochester, NY

THANK YOU to our volunteers from the LNP Volunteer Corps, Lancaster, PA

PHOTOS BY Jesse Egner Photography

It's beginning to look a lot like ... The .918 Club's Christmas offerings are ready for the 2015 Lancaster Letterpress P...
10/09/2015

It's beginning to look a lot like ... The .918 Club's Christmas offerings are ready for the 2015 Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair. The .918 Club is the nonprofit group responsible for the Heritage Press Museum at Building Character, the letterpress fair's benefactor. Your admission proceeds go to the club so they can continue to operate and share the time-honored craft of letterpress.

Discover these amazing creations and more THIS Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am-5pm in a NEW LOCATION ---> high atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St. Parking in the garage (hourly fees apply) or on the street (free on Sundays.)

Event details and list of exhibitors ----> www.facebook.com/events/935403733189195/

#LLPF2015 #letterpress #letterpressfair #handmade #downtownlancaster #lancasterpa #printing

Gingerly Press, a second-time exhibitor at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair, is dedicated to producing high-quali...
10/09/2015

Gingerly Press, a second-time exhibitor at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair, is dedicated to producing high-quality prints using traditional handset type and ornaments in Landenberg, Pa. Designer and printer Lindsay Schmittle patiently sets antique metal type to produce cards, small prints, and other high quality paper goods on her 1915 platen press. gently tucked into a 1-car garage.

Discover these amazing creations and more THIS Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am-5pm in a NEW LOCATION ---> high atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St. Parking in the garage (hourly fees apply) or on the street (free on Sundays.)

Event details and list of exhibitors ----> www.facebook.com/events/935403733189195/

#LLPF2015 #letterpress #letterpressfair #handmade #downtownlancaster #lancasterpa #printing

First-time Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair exhibitor, Keystone Letterpress is a boutique letterpress business founde...
10/09/2015

First-time Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair exhibitor, Keystone Letterpress is a boutique letterpress business founded in 2014 in West Chester, Pa., that specializes in personalized stationery, coasters and business cards.

Discover these amazing creations and more THIS Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am-5pm in a NEW LOCATION ---> high atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St. Parking in the garage (hourly fees apply) or on the street (free on Sundays.)

Event details and list of exhibitors ----> www.facebook.com/events/935403733189195/

#LLPF2015 #letterpress #letterpressfair #handmade #downtownlancaster #lancasterpa #printing

The founders of Typecase Industries in Washington, D.C. are dedicated to bringing you fresh, inspired design through old...
10/09/2015

The founders of Typecase Industries in Washington, D.C. are dedicated to bringing you fresh, inspired design through old-school printing techniques. And they're bringing to Lancaster that brand of goodness as first-time exhibitors at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair this Sunday, Oct. 11.

Discover these amazing creations and more THIS Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am-5pm in a NEW LOCATION ---> high atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St. Parking in the garage (hourly fees apply) or on the street (free on Sundays.)

Event details and list of exhibitors ----> www.facebook.com/events/935403733189195/

#LLPF2015 #letterpress #letterpressfair #handmade #downtownlancaster #lancasterpa #printing

The Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company has been carving end-grain maple wood into type since 2010 and will be at the...
10/08/2015

The Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company has been carving end-grain maple wood into type since 2010 and will be at the Lancaster Letterpress Printers Fair Sunday, Oct. 11 for the second year. Virgin Wood Type offers pantograph-cut wood type in a variety of font schemes and sizes in original American Wood Type patterns, revived and redesigned Victorian faces and brand new faces never before cut into wood.

Discover these amazing creations and more THIS Sunday, Oct. 11 from 11am-5pm in a NEW LOCATION ---> high atop the North Queen Street Garage, 424 N. Queen St. Parking in the garage (hourly fees apply) or on the street (free on Sundays.)

Event details and list of exhibitors ----> www.facebook.com/events/935403733189195/

#LLPF2015 #letterpress #letterpressfair #handmade #downtownlancaster #lancasterpa #printing

Address

346 N Queen St
Lancaster, PA
17603

Parking lot attached to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER is available after 5 pm and weekends ONLY.

General information

The .918 Club meets monthly to provide a gathering place for people with an interest in letterpress printing, to schedule volunteers to operate the Print Shop, and to provide a place for anyone interested in learning about letterpress printing or developing the skills to become a volunteer in the Press Museum. Through our regularly scheduled demonstrations we educate the public about the history of printing while providing a working letterpress job shop to fulfill the specialty printing needs for the community.

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(717) 394-7201

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