[Alyson Kuhn] Earlier this week, we publicized the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s impending move, for which they need to raise $250,000. This is a big number, to be sure. The museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of wood type: 1.5 million pieces. So with a donation of just 17¢, you (or anyone you know) can move one of those pieces. Guess what? Our friends at Monotype have just helped the Hamilton move almost 59,000 pieces of type…by donating $10,000.
Monotype has not said a word publicly about this most generous gift, but has given us the pleasure of doing so. To read why Monotype considers the Hamilton such a treasure, we recommend this fabulous story they’ve just posted on their blog at fonts.com.
Jim Moran is the director of the museum. His brother Bill is the artistic director, and the moving spirit behind the Move-O-Meter (which we love). Jim is keeping a close eye on the needle, all the while scouting for a new space and planning The Move. He says optimistically, “We are encouraged and humbled by the overwhelming support we’ve received from across the country and from Berlin to Brisbane. We have a long way to go and an incredible amount of work in front of us. Still, I’m convinced we’ll emerge from this as a stronger museum based on the Hamilton family from around the globe.” And we will all be the richer for it.
Felt & Wire friends: Let’s help Hamilton move some type! Click here to donate. Or mail your check to: Hamilton Wood Type, 1619 Jefferson Street, Two Rivers, Wisc. 54241.