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Sharlot Hall print shop operator to chronicle printmaking

Process an exciting part of journalistic heritage

Sharlot Hall Museuem print shop operator, Living History interpreter and archival researcher Troy Groves will chronicle printing in Arizona from its territorial days through statehood at a free lecture this weekend.

Exploring printing in Arizona was chosen as the topic one of the museum’s monthly lectures because of the print shop on campus as well as due to the museum having published publications and books in the past, said Media and Marketing Manager Ken Leja.

“We have a great deal of history and material associated with the history of Arizona through the newspaper chronicles,” Leja said. “All of the various publications that have been in existence here in the area.”

Groves, who also has a home letterpress studio and makes the plates for old-fashioned letter presses, is quite familiar with the various kinds of print mechanisms, he said. A previous news release from Leja notes that he spends his days casting metal type at Skyline Type Foundry and is one of the few remaining castermen in the United States.

The lecture is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the West Gallery. Groves will explore the legends, lore and facts about those who operated old-fashioned printing presses, describe the kinds of printing presses and print operations common on the frontier. Attendees will discover how “freedom of the press” during those times was often defined by those who operated the presses and that was not always in the communities’ best interests, according to the release.

Whether someone is a practicing journalist or is an aspiring journalist, there’s ink in their blood, Leja said.

“Seeing that ink and seeing that finished product going from your mind to the finished printed piece is an exciting part of our heritage,” he said. “Understanding what was the process to get there as well as what did it take to be able to put that ink on that paper, going from the thoughts that you have in your mind to the individual letters that were formed to create it to the actual putting it on paper.”

Sharlot Hall Museuem is located at 415 W. Gurley St.

Seating is limited. For more information about the lecture, call 928-445-3122.