The Power of the Printing Press, a history lecture and printing class


The Power of the Printing Press, a history lecture and printing class


7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Signal Return is located at 1345 Division St #102, Detroit, MI 48207

When Father Gabriel Richard became the first person to bring a printing press to the Territory of Michigan, he understood its power. And the power of the press has grown only greater over the centuries. From religious texts to greeting cards, phone books to concert posters, and t-shirts to academic manuscripts the printing may have evolved, but the techniques remain incredible to witness. If you have ever wondered how a artist pulls their prints or what inks are used to make advertisement broadsides, newspapers, or a poster for a concert, we’ve got a night for you! Before computers, printers, and typewriters, printmaking was the mass form of communication world wide. Like most things that changed the world, Detroit was in the thick of it. Whether it was for the local newspapers, sings to rally activists to unionism, or for sheet music to be performed on one of our many stages, Detroit print-makers have served and still serve an incredible role in our history.

Join us for an evening history lesson on Detroit printmaking with our own, Bailey Sisoy Isgro along with a class with from the talented team of Detroit’s own Signal-Return. Wine and snacks will be served as you learn how to pull and ink your very own, custom designed, artist print on the 100-year-old machines of Signal-Returns presses.

Signal-Return opened its doors to the community in 2011 as a letterpress print studio and community arts center located in Detroit's historic Eastern Market neighborhood. Join Detroit History Tours at Signal-Return from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm on Thursday, December 6th as we learn about the history of printing, Signal-Return's role in its revitalization and have our own hands-on-printing experience.  Each guest will take home our custom, Detroit History Club art print, they’ll print themselves.

This intimate night will only allow for 25 guests to attend. Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year. Parking is on-street and at your own risk (we’ve never had an issue, but the lawyer insists we have the disclaimer).

Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters. We would like to remind you that this event is taking place in a private home; your respect is greatly appreciated

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