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The Museum of Printing History
was founded in 1979 by Raoul Beasley, Vernon P. Hearn, Don Piercy, and J. V. Burnham, four printers with passions for preserving their vast collections and sharing them with the community. The Museum was chartered in 1981 and had its official opening in 1982 with Dr. Hans Halaby, Director of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, cutting the ribbon. In 2012, the Museum rebranded as The Printing Museum.
The Printing Museum demonstrates the enduring impact of printing by exploring the intersections of the history, art, and technology of the craft.
Through innovative, dynamic, and hands-on programming, The Printing Museum seeks to engage the public in the interpretation of its permanent collection. The museum strives to empower individuals and society by encouraging creative self-expression, as well as critical discourse and debate, and by providing for the exploration of how print and digital media work in tandem to influence our present-day lives.
Featured in the July 2006 issue of Texas Highways, the Museum was described as "a honeycomb of intimate gallery spacesâ€¦with a stunning collection of objects and artifacts devoted to the history, science, and art of printing.â€ The portrait of the Museum concludes with the observation that "printed text may be taken for granted these days, but a visit to the [The Printing Museum] somehow makes it seem magical once again.â€