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“Art of Printing”

The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #13 of 420 things to do in Boston
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, We are open daily and located along the Freedom Trail at Faneuil Hall. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. We offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing. As Boston’s only colonial trade experience and only colonial living history interpretive experience, our historic equipment, live demonstrations, interpreters and historic settings enable new levels of understanding how colonial printing affected communities and sparked a revolution in America. We seek to recreate this experience for visitors and school groups to Boston’s Freedom Trail and to rekindle the spirit of Samuel Adams who urged fellow citizens to join this “animating contest of Liberty!”
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Next door to the chocolate shop and the Old North Church. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic printer, giving a history of printing and a demonstration of print setting. Having set up the text and applying the ink to the press he proceeded to print a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Copies are available to buy as are prints of the first acts of violence. Both the print and chocolate demos are free but a suggested donation of $3 is money well spent to keep these exhibitions going.

Thank phil52_10
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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

What a cool experience! We stopped in on our way to The Old North Church and were just blown away by the knowledge of the proprietor and at getting to see a press in action.

You will not need to spend much time here to get the full experience, and it adds another layer to the historical experience.

Thank ozark_Roxy
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

The gentleman running the printing press had extensive knowledge not just of the authentic 1700's printing press he was using, but also general knowledge of the era and how printing presses were beginning to change the world. He described the process all the way from how each individual letter was cast to how they were meticulously set, to the final printing. Very informative and getting to see how the press worked was very cool.

He was printing copies of the original Declaration of Independence that day (the one that was the original announcements that travelled out to the colonies and was read to the citizens) and I was so impressed that I bought one that he'd just printed off. Take the time to let him explain the whole thing!

Thank Christopher M
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

When I got to the Printing Office, I was disappointed to see it was mainly a shop trying to sell stuff but then the gentleman there started talking to me about the press. I learned about the different versions of the declaration and then I got to ink the press and print something which was awesome.

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

This site is great for stepping back in time but did you know there is also an opportunity to create your own piece of history? During a recent visit, an adult family member purchased a hand printed copy of the Boston Constitution and the printing was actually completed, with supervision, by this family member on an antique printing press. These days there are not very many places where you can experience the "real deal" but at the Edes and Gill printing office history is being made everyday.

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