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Printing the Past

December 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | FREE!

One of the Des Plaines History Center’s Hands-On History programs, for children ages 5–12 and their families.

Printing the Past

The History Center Presents
“Printing the Past”

Children ages 5–12 and their families are invited to attend the next Hands-On History program,
Wednesday, December 1 at 1:30pm and again on Sunday, December 5 at 1:30pm.

The program will explore the history of the printing press and the way it revolutionized books, newspapers, and more. Participants will learn how to set type by hand, test their typing skills with a real working typewriter, and try some printmaking art.

Emma Marston, the History Center’s interpretive curator said: “It’s commonplace today to buy a book or simply print something out, making it easy to overlook just how influential the invention of the movable type printing press was. By giving people the ability to easily share knowledge and ideas, the printing press helped pull Europe out of the Middle Ages and paved the way for the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, and so many more advances in human history.”

All of this Hands-On History program activities will be held indoors. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines. Donations are always greatly appreciated.

The next children’s program will be “Secrets and Spies” presented at 1:30pm on Wednesday, January 12 and again on Sunday, January 16.

The Des Plaines History Center is located at 781 Pearson Street, Des Plaines IL 60016.
Map and directions

Printing the Past

About Hands-On History

Hands-On History is a monthly children’s program series developed to invite public participation and interaction with a broad range of historical topics, per the History Center’s mission.

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