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“A Gem!”

Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum
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US$154.51*
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Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Queenston
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Our group couldn't find the battlefield we were planning to visit and literally stumbled onto the Mackenzie Printery. About 40 people descended on Tania and her team and they jumped into action to give us a great hands-on experience. After explaining the importance of William Lyon Mackenzie to our mostly American group, Tania showed us how to set type - not as easy as it might seem because it is a mirror image. She split our group into 4 parts and gave each a line of type to set. This brought out the competitive nature in some who really wanted to get their type right the first time. Then the print was set into the "chase" and we learned the origin of the term "cut to the chase" - meaning to shorten what you were saying so that it would fit into the frame. "Mind your P's and Q's" made sense too when we saw how easy it was to confuse those letters. Little did we know that the lines we set would result in each of us becoming indentured for 7 years. :-) Wonderful visit!! Tania's enthusiasm really made this a special visit.

1  Thank Betty R
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This place is well worth a visit, you have to search a bit to find it off the Niagara Parkway. To learn about Mr Mackenzie and his involvement with Canadian history is one thing, but also the early typesetting techniques. You will never think of Upper Case and Lower Case letters the same again!

2  Thank rws1943
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Learn about the "birthplace" of Canadian Independence from Britain, and also the history of printing. This is a great little museum, and should not be passed up, as you will learn a wealth of information from the very knowledgeable staff.

1  Thank Alba B
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Wife and I stopped on 9/21/2013 this was the best of all stops very historic. Imagine the effort and manpower that went into making early newspapers. Very enjoyable and we knew nothing of printing and newspapers. Highly recommend and people should whenever visiting the niagara region fit in a trip to this place.

Thank Bob B
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

A young docent named Mark gave us the best summary of the history of printing and of mass media in colonial Upper Canada. We also got a fun dose of printing lore and to set our names in movable type and print an Indenture contract and some nice bookmarks. It was interesting, entertaining, and inexpensive, and we came away with hand made souvenirs. What more could you want for a few bucks? Visit if you're anywhere on the Niagara Peninsula.

Thank Mike_Scullin
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