A History of Printing in Early Upper Canada- Talk

with Tania Davis

Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 7 pm
in the Carnegie Building, 25 Adelaide Street

Free to members/ $5.00 for non-members

The Grimsby Historical Society is pleased to present Tania Davis, the main spokesperson for The Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum in Queenston. Mackenzie house was once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie and it was here that he began his career as a publisher for political reform, eventually leading to the ill-fated Rebellion of 1837. Although a failure, the Rebellion helped to advance the cause of Responsible Government for the colony. By the 1890’s the home had begun to deteriorate but was restored in the 1930’s and rededicated by William Lyon’s grandson, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.  A collection of heritage hand presses and an interpretive display on the history of printing were brought into the house in 1991. For her presentation, Tania will bring along reproductions of early printing from the first years of Upper Canada as well as a scale model of Ontario’s first, and Canada’s oldest printing press, “The Louis Roy”.
This talk has been scheduled just in advance of Wayzgoose, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s celebration of traditional print methods and hand-made books; both events will be of interest to those of us who love books, reading and history.


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