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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113
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Ranked #22 of 209 attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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!” « less
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

You must visit the Printing Office of Edes & Gill. It's probably the closest you'll come to seeing and understanding eighteenth century printing practices. The staff here are really knowledgeable and willing to share what they know.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There were a lot of people crammed into a small room so we didn't stay long, but it was cool to see. The man there talked about how printing was done on the old press and then showed us how the press worked. He printed a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

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Belfast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you've visited the Old North Church and paid your $3 then this is free and therefore very good value :-) Only one room with a printer working old printing presses and explaining the processes and printing copies of the Declaration of Independence and an engraving of the Boston Massacre. Doesn't take long to watch but an interesting few minutes.... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Watching how newspapers and documents were printed using the printing press was very educational. You read about it in school but you watch the actual process is great. The printer dresses in the period of the time the Declaration of Independence was written. Great way to learn history.

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Kawkawlin, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I had to visit Edes & Gill..it is a small room and lots of people trying to get in and out. They share a building with the Chocolate Shop so it was very busy. It was interesting to see the process they had to go through to print poster and other items.

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New Castle, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The costumed man who runs this was so knowledgeable and printed a Declaration of Independence in front of us so my four year old could see. A small place but definitely worth a short side trip.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

The knowledge of the "master printer" is interesting. Kudos to him for following a dream! The printing presses are magnificent, particularly the 18th Century copper plate press from France!

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A quick rainstorm drove us to seek shelter while waiting to enter Old North Church - and we ended up spending at least half an hour chatting with the owner of this wonderful shop. It was so interesting....first of all, he stayed in character during his "work" - even though we got him into the modern world to learn what... More

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Hethersett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This man enjoys what he does immensely. He shows you how he printed the declaration of independence on real paper and just talks about life back then and it reallyis great to listen to his enthusiasm. only donations are asked for of $3 each so pretty cheap as well

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Centereach, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a tiny shop where a printer shows how it used to be done(actually into the 1960s!). There is surprisingly a lot to learn and some very interesting trivia to take away (ie: upper case and lower case letters). They ask for a $2 donation and in my opinion, it is well worth it.

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