Letterpress Printing Workshop Series

Houghton Library's Hope Mayo hosts a series of workshops on letterpress printing each semester.

About The Workshop

Upper case, lower case, points and fonts. They have a long and interesting history!

Instructor Hope Mayo operating the printing press.
Instructor Hope Mayo operating the printing press.

Discover how printing was done from the middle of the 15th century until well into the 19th in a series of workshops open to all Harvard affiliates.

In each 2-hour, hands-on session participants will learn about the history and technology of moveable type and set type themselves. Then, using the iron handpress in the Houghton Library Printing Room, print a keepsake to take away with them.

The workshop series is taught by Hope Mayo, Lecturer for Houghton Library.

Register For A Workshop

All workshops present the same content. Enrollment in each workshop is limited to eight. To register, click on the date.

Fall 2019 semester workshop dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 3–5 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 3–5 pm
Thursday, Sept. 26, 3–5 pm
Friday, Sept. 27, 3–5 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3–5 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3–5 pm
Thursday, Oct. 17, 3–5 pm
Friday, Oct. 18, 3–5 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3–5 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3–5 pm
Thursday, Nov. 7, 3–5 pm
Friday, Nov. 8, 3–5 pm

Workshop dates and registration information for spring semester 2020 will be posted in January.


Houghton Library Workshops

We offer workshops on a variety of book history-related topics for the Harvard community and general public. Join our mailing list to learn about upcoming workshops.