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The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
+1 857-205-1775
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Easy to miss entrance but definitely not to be missed

Great slice of history - informational, entertaining and engaging. Easy to walk by the brick... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LipstickWarriors
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Boston, Massachusetts
Amazing interactive lecture on the history of printing

Interactive museum with people dressed in old fashion look. Very competent people, with in-depth... read more

Reviewed February 25, 2018
kalimero476
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Vienna, Austria
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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!”
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21 Unity St, Boston, MA 02113-1315
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great slice of history - informational, entertaining and engaging. Easy to walk by the brick building on your way to the Old North Church so keep an eye out for the entrance. Be well!

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Interactive museum with people dressed in old fashion look. Very competent people, with in-depth knowledge about their subjects (letter press, chocolate business). Feels like traveling back in time and experiencing the invention of the letter press and it's influence on society up to our current...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Walked to the printing shop today with my dad who was in the printing business for over 60 years. To our disappointment the shop was closed when we arrived . But Gary, the printer, saw us outside the windows and invited our entire party in!...More

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Reviewed November 8, 2017

We happened upon this building while wandering around. The demo had just started and was really quite complicated. We got to see a document printed and heard a bit about the history. Great stop that just asks for a small donation.

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

We stumbled upon the Printing Office while leaving the Old North Church. The printing room was crowded and people were milling about, but nothing was going on. The printer was in the room, but appeared to be on a break. We looked around the printing...More

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

Great exhibit in the same building with the chocolate maker. Interpreter was great with a crowd that was unfamiliar with the subject.

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Reviewed November 4, 2017

Neat little stop on the Freedom trail near the Old North Church. One side of the gift shop is all about chocolate and chocolate products. The other side has a printing press and demonstration printing the Declaration of Independence. The information was interesting and the...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

This shop is tucked away near the Old North Church but people seemed to be able to find it. The man running the press explaining how things worked was great. He was very knowledgeable and personable. He wore clothes from the era so it looked...More

Thank Kaye N
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Very informative stop inside to see colonial printers cranking out (literally) historic documents on reproduction machinery. In order to keep up a colonial pace, that would be one every 20 seconds all day long! The captains chocolate shop is right next door, but remember, your...More

Thank Scott D
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

It is a 'gift shop' but the demonstrations going on inside were very informative and the items for sale were actually printed there, on the old printing press. Definitely stop in if you want to see how printing was done and to pick up some...More

Thank Kevin P
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sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s
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Contact the employee who works at this Printing Office, who is himself a printer by training and well-educated in the history of printing machines. He is an afficionado and would be a good resource.
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