• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Printing Press Demonstration

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Date: March 17, 2010

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?

Fort Smith Monument, photo by S. Dalby

Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...