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Printing in Early Colonial New England (Online)

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Audience Age
Pre-teen through Adult


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Join Andy Volpe with an in-depth look at the Printing methods used in the New England (English) Colonies from the 1630s to 1790s, learn about the differences between Letterpress and Engraving printing, how they were used, and the impact each had as well as Newspapers, Magazines and other printed media and their use, popularity (or scarcity) in the Colonies as well as what was going on in Europe at the same time, with a focus on Massachusetts Bay Colony up to Paul Revere.  

A great alternative program or suppliment to having Andy live in-person with his printing press setup.

Featuring images of surviving prints and art that can be seen in area museums and some of Andy's personal collection.

A Q&A session is certainly welcomed at the end of the presentation.


Program Length
30 mins to 1 hour

Facility Requirements

Zoom online account and related access/permissions and screen-sharing

Slide lectures are on Apple Keynote

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Lecture can be customized to focus on specific topics within the timeframe and context mentioned in the description.   

Additional lectures on Printing history are in development.

Recent Library/School Appearances by Andy Volpe: Art & History

Holden Senior Center (contact C. Nelson; Roman Legionary and Medieval Artist programs)
Holden, MA

The Oaks mansion (Daughters of the American Revolution Bigelow Chapter House; Paul Revere / Intaglio Printmaking demos)
Worcester, MA

Peabody Essex Museum (contact M. Winikates; Medieval Artist hands-on display)
Salem, MA

Boston College High School (contact E. Penarubia; Roman Legionary programs)
Boston, MA

Valley View School (contact S. Longvall; Roman Legionary programs)
North Brookfield, MA

Exeter High School (contact E. Ellis, Latin; Roman Legionary programs)
Exeter, NH

Bancroft School (contact H. Hall-Alicandro; Medieval Artist program)
Worcester, MA

Franklin Pierce University (contact J. Donelan; Roman Legionary and Medieval Artist)
Rindge, NH

Rice Public Library (Jennifer Kelley; Roman Legionary)
Kittery, ME

Oblate Retirement Home (Roman Legionary program)
Tewksbury, MA

Old Sturbridge Village (contact Jim O'Brien; Printmaking/Intaglio Printing demonstrations)
Sturbridge, MA

Leach Library (contact: Donna Plante; Roman Legionary program)
Londonderry, NH

American Inn Retirement Living (contact: Elizabeth Demerski; Roman Legionary program)
Southwick, MA

Mashantucket Pequot Museum (Printmaking in New England 1600-1770 demonstration)
Ledyard, CT

Storrs Library
Longmeadow, MA

Performer’s Contact Information

Andy Volpe: Art & History

Andrew Volpe
34 Douglas Rd
Bldg. B Red Brick Mill
Whitinsville, MA 01588
 (508) 344-5764
Preferred Contact Method: Email

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