Program on printing a 19th-century newspaper

DeKALB – On Sunday, Aug. 11, the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead will host a special presentation recalling the J.F. Glidden Publishing Company.

Glidden established the publishing company, which owned the Daily Chronicle, in 1885, and built the Daily Chronicle building in downtown DeKalb in 1889. At 1 p.m. Aug. 11, retired newspaper publisher Barry Schrader will give a presentation on late-19th century printing and demonstrate a benchtop side-lever letter press using handset metal type. Visitors will be able to take home a hand-pressed souvenir.

Schrader has been involved in printing since he owned a weekly newspaper and printing business in the 1960s. He has owned several hand-operated presses and recently donated his 1905 Chandler and Price 8x12 hand-platen press with type to the Glidden Homestead.

Taking old-time printing up as a hobby in 1976, Schrader first named his private press the Livermore Grape Press, but later chose the name Barb’d Wire Press.

The homestead will be open from noon to 4 p.m. that day. Admission is $4 for adults and free for members and for children younger than 14. The special event is included in the cost of admission, as are tours of the homestead and blacksmith demonstrations in the Phineas Vaughn blacksmith shop.

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