March 19, 2013 4:28 pm
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, featured in our film Typeface, has finally found a new home! Their historic, unmatched collection of over 1 million pieces of wood type will now be located at 1816 10th Street, still in the rural town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, but double the size of their original location.
This news will be a great relief to all the fans of Typeface and of the superb work Hamilton has done in keeping design and printing history alive. When news was announced of their impending eviction and the need to raise $250,000 in just 3 months last November, thousands of fans around the world rallied in support. The museum is still in need of both volunteers and funds as they continue the arduous work of moving their collection between the old and new locations: please visit their website to find out more.
At Kartemquin, we offer them our best wishes for the new home, and we are proud that our film has helped galvanize fundraising and interest in preserving their collection ever since it first screened in 2009, and especially in recent months, as a series of Typeface fundraiser screenings across the country helped raise thousands of dollars in support of Hamilton.
If you are in Wisconsin, watch the film on Wednesday, March 20th on Wisconsin PBS at 11pm! An upcoming fundraiser screening, hosted by AIGA Wisconsin in Green Bay, WI on March 28th, also promises to be a great occasion for celebration.
Typeface documented the museum's struggles in the digital era up to the stewardship of Jim and Bill Moran, through whom it had seen a resurgence among designers and artists eager to engage with traditional printing methods. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Flyway Film Festival, and shown on PBS in many states across the US and on Sky Arts in the UK, the film is available on DVD, iTunes and Amazon VOD.