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 and corporations for their generous support:

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

Board of Directors

Chair: Jerry J. Waite , Ed.D., University of Houston
Chairman Emeritus: Thomas B. Eaton, Jr. , Eaton Manufacturing
1st Vice-Chairman: Thomas B. Eaton, Jr. , Eaton Manufacturing
2nd Vice-Chairman: Margrit Young-Zellweger , Honorary Consul General, Switzerland
Secretary: John Earles , Workhorse Printmakers
Treasurer: Brian Hodge , Nuance Marketing
Treasurer Emeritus: J.V. Burnham , Community Volunteer
Charles Eskridge , Susman Godfrey LLP
Caroline Graham , Community Volunteer
A. John Harper, III , Attorney
Thomas Hull , Rigsby Hull
Angel Jimenez , Community Volunteer
Nicolas Kanellos , Ph.D., Arte Publico Press
Wea Lee , Southern Newspaper Group
Astrid Marklund , Honorary Consul General, Sweden
Ian E. McCutcheon, MD , MD Anderson Cancer Center

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 , RIT Professor Emeritus
Richard O. Wilson , Engineer