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 mission of the Museum is to promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.

Featured in the July 2006 issue of Texas Highways, the Museum was described as “a honeycomb of intimate gallery spaces…with a stunning collection of objects and artifacts devoted to the history, science, and art of printing.” 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.”


The Printing Museum wishes to thank the following foundations, corporations and individuals for their generous support:

  • Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
  • Chevron Foundation
  • City of Houston, through a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance
  • Clampitt Paper
  • Copy.Com
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
  • Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
  • Houston Endowment
  • Humanities Texas
  • InfoVine
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • Michele and Paul Isherwood
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Penny Cerling and Jeff Skorda
  • Shell Oil Company
  • The Brown Foundation, Inc.
  • The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • The Wortham Foundation, Inc.


Board of Directors

Chairman: A. John Harper, III , Attorney
Immediate Past Chairman: Jerry J. Waite , Ed.D., University of Houston
Chairman Emeritus: Thomas B. Eaton, Jr. , Eaton Manufacturing
1st Vice-Chairman: Thomas Hull , Rigsby Hull
2nd Vice-Chairman: Astrid Marklund , Honorary Consul General, Consulate of Sweden
Secretary: John Earles , Workhorse Printmakers
Treasurer: Brian Hodge , Marketing Professional
Amber Elliott , Houston Chronicle
Charles Eskridge , Susman Godfrey LLP
Caroline Graham , Community Volunteer
Angel Jimenez , Community Volunteer
Wea Lee , Southern Newspaper Group
Ian E. McCutcheon, MD , MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jennifer Curtis Pearson , Community Volunteer

Advisory Directors

William C. Blackwood , Community Volunteer
Karen Burke , Texas Monthly Magazine; Junior League of Houston Outside Board Representative
Shannon Chapin , The Houston Chronicle
Martha Justice , Community Volunteer
Anita Kiperman , Lecturer Emeritus, Rice University
Gene McDavid , The Houston Chronicle
Frank Romano , Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus
Richard O. Wilson , Engineer
Margrit Young-Zellweger , Honorary Consul, Consulate of Switzerland