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Type Foundry Open House

You are invited to our local Type Foundry museum on Saturday Nov. 15 and on Dec. 20.

Join us for our end-of-year event — in person or online!
Greetings C.C. Stern Type Foundry community!

It’s been another great year and we’ve enjoyed spending time with so many of you. In 2014, we welcomed over 200 visitors to the working museum during monthly open hours, school groups, “by appointment” visits, and special events.

Several of the region’s graphic design programs are making a museum tour part of their curriculum. Professors at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon State University took advantage of our programming to educate students about the historical underpinnings of the type and printing craft. We saw amazing turnouts for events and tours given as part of the IPRC Printdustrial and Portland Design Week events. And we held our first author book tour reading, co-sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers, with journalist and author Alix Christie. Christie’s debut novel Gutenberg’s Apprentice tells the story of the invention of printing in medieval Germany.

We are now regularly demonstrating our hand mould, Orphan Annie sorts caster, line casters and composition caster. In 2014, we completed the restoration of our Ludlow line caster and expanded our collection Linotype magazines. To test the restoration of our Monotype Composition Caster, we completed a font for Myrna Knode at Expedition Press of Kennerly Old Style that had been partially cast at Stern & Faye, Printers, using the same machine and matrices that are now in our permanent collection. The restoration of our Thompson sorts caster continues. We’ve reached the point where we’ve gotten metal into the mold. The next step is to make the necessary adjustments for casting type.

Casting a font of Kennerly Old Style

Restoring the Thompson Caster

Firing up the Ludlow Linecaster

Alix Christie signing her book
We would like to invite you to our special end-of-year open houses on Saturday, November 15  and Saturday, December 20. We’ll have casters running and presses printing keepsakes. You’ll be able to purchase printed ephemera, metal type, printers aprons and more for yourself or your favorite type aficionado. If you can’t visit in person, visit our online store to pick up some C.C. Stern Type Foundry swag in time for the holidays.

Sales and donations help pay the rent and support our programming. If you plan to make any charitable contributions this season, please consider a tax deductible donation to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry to help us maintain operations and sustain our programming.  You can also support us every time you shop at Amazon.com or Fred Meyer. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and search for “CC Stern Type Foundry” to support our organization. Amazon will donate .05% of every purchase. Link your Fred Meyer rewards card at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards (search on our name “C.C. Stern Type Foundry” or non-profit number 88941).

We continue to be inspired by the interest of our visitors and the design community in metal type casting.  Our heartfelt thanks to all of the donors and volunteers who support our mission. A special shout-out to Carla Girard, for creating and printing a new brochure for the Foundry, and Ivan Snyder, for his untiring help in restoration, printing and demonstrating our hand mould to visitors.

Best wishes to you all,
The C.C. Stern Type Foundry Board
(Brian, Chris, Connie, Jeff, Joe and Rebecca)

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