Exhibit Follows King Library Press from 'Gutenberg to Gratz Park'
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2013) – A new exhibition at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning recounts the remarkable history and work of King Library Press. "Gutenberg to Gratz Park: Hand Printing at the King Library Press," the first off campus exhibit dedicated solely to the press, runs through March 2014 at the center, located at 251 West Second St. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The King Library Press, founded by the University of Kentucky Libraries in 1956, is devoted to the tradition of handpress fine printing established in the 15th century by Johannes Gutenberg and continuing without interruption to the present day. Founder of the press and UK librarian, Carolyn Reading Hammer, lived and printed with her husband, noted artist Victor Hammer, at their home on Market Street in Gratz Park. In 1956 some of their presses were moved to the Margaret I. King Library on the UK campus, and formed the nucleus of the King Library Press.
Through six decades the King Library Press has employed four directors and countless apprentices, some of whom have gone forward to become accomplished printers in their own right. This exhibit offers a glimpse into the process and publications created by the succession of passionate printers plying their craft at the King Library Press.
"Gutenberg to Gratz Park" is available for viewing during the Carnegie Center's regular hours from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2: p.m. Saturday. On Feb. 21, during Lexington's Gallery Hop, the exhibit will be open 5 to 8 p.m. A reception featuring a live hand printing demonstration on an early 20th century table top press will begin at 6 p.m.
King Library Press is part of UK Special Collections, home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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