On May 10, 2016, The Printing Museum suffered smoke and water damage from an electrical fire in the southwest part of the building. All of the Museum’s collections of books, newspapers and works on paper have been moved to off-site storage facilities, and they will undergo assessments by professional conservators. We anticipate being closed through the summer in order to clean and refurbish the museum. We are attempting to find alternate venues for our summer events, including The Montrose Print Market, our first-ever Independence Day Celebration, and the Summer Book Arts Studio. Updates on these events will be posted on our home page. Please check back often for updates on our grand re-opening. The presses will roll again!
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:
- The Brown Foundation, Inc.
- Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation
- Penny Cerling and Jeff Skarda
- Chevron Foundation
- City of Houston, through a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance
- Clampitt Paper
- ExxonMobil Foundation
- George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
- The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
- Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
- The Houston Chronicle
- Houston Endowment
- Humanities Texas
- Michele and Paul Isherwood
- Kinder Morgan Foundation
- Mid-America Arts Alliance
- Arish Rustomji
- Shell Oil Company
- The Wortham Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors
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
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