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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Ranked #38 of 411 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: The Printing Office of Edes & Gill, Boston’s only colonial era printing experience, will opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2011, We are open daily 11:30 to 5pmLocated along the Freedom Trail at the historic Clough House, which is owned by and conveniently located adjacent to Old North Church.With the opening of the colonial print shop on April 15, visitors will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. These same printers were at the vanguard of citizen angst over British governmental policies that Bostonians felt violated their rights as Englishmen.We offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing. As Boston’s only colonial trade experience and only colonial living history interpretive experience, our historic equipment, live demonstrations, interpreters and historic settings enable new levels of understanding how colonial printing affected communities and sparked a revolution in America.We seek to recreate this experience for visitors and school groups to Boston’s Freedom Trail and to rekindle the spirit of Samuel Adams who urged fellow citizens to join this “animating contest of Liberty!”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The Printing Office is a tiny shop with big history. Persons dressed in period costumes explain and demonstrate the Colonial printing process that was so important to the American Revolution. Great resource and fun attration.

Thank Sandycar
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

It was so interesting to see the demonstration of how printing was done in the 1700's. The presenter spent a lot of time explaining the details, showing us the mechanics. He also told a fascinating story as to how he was able to track down a, previously lost, original Boston version of the Declaration of Independence and re-create it. You could buy one that he re-printed for $15.

Thank 1Karen1
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We almost missed this cute little print shop, but I'm so glad I read a guidebook that told us to check it out. Seeing the work involved in printing a newspaper back in the day gives me new appreciation for the patriots and their dedication to freedom.

Thank Chicago-BB
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

My boys (9 and 11) can remember how old a boy is when he may become a printer's apprentice and how many years he must serve. They can explain why the apprentice never touched the actual paper and why the shorter ones were at a disadvantage. They can image the labor required to set type for a single, printed page and appreciate the different, printed presentations of the Declaration of Independence that appeared in an age without copiers. The young man sharing all of this was engaging and masterfully tailored his talk to capture a kid's imagination.

1  Thank SoodzP
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This little shop is a true hidden gem. The printing press is simply incredible. The staff amazing. And you are right near the most delicious chocolate!

Thank kjjjohnston
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