Printing Press Demonstration
Traditional Printing Techniques Demonstrated at the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center
Mike Parker is passionate about his craft. He wants to spread the word about traditional printing techniques before the knowledge of this profession is forgotten. Dressed as an editor from the early 1900`s, he gives hands on demonstrations of how his authentic antique Gutenberg printing press, complete with moveable handset type, works. He has volunteered as an artist in residence in letter press printing at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and does several school programs a year. He also demonstrates his craft at South Pass during Gold Rush Days in the summer.
Bighorn Canyon invites you to see Mr. Parker demonstrate his craft. On March 13, Parker will discuss the history of letterpress printing and participants will have the opportunity to examine and use an authentic antique Gutenberg printing press to replicate a bookmark. This program offers hands-on learning opportunities for all ages. Demonstrations will be given throughout the day from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Cal S. Taggart Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center in Lovell Wyoming.
If you have questions, you can contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5406.
For information on future programs presented in the park, you can visit the website at: http://www.nps.gov/bica/planyourvisit/events.htm.
Did You Know?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...