The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is located at 1 Queenston St.,
Queenston, Ontario, Canada in the former home of William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1824 William Lyon Mackenzie started an independent newspaper, The Colonial Advocate in this building. He was known as a political firebrand, hoping to educate citizens and fight what he considered a corrupt political system.
In 1950, the Queenston home became a historic museum site. The property is owned by the Niagara Parks Commission which hires staff to conduct tours in the summer months. In 1990, a joint venture was established with a volunteer, non-profit Printery Committee to ensure the preservation of the printing equipment.
Once again the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum was well represented at the 45th Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair in Grimsby. On Saturday, April 29th. Ron and Tim answered questions, handed out information and demonstrated printing on one of our Adana presses at the Mackenzie table.
Louise, one of board members, had her own table selling products she created in her Out of Sorts studio. She also had handouts about our print group to share with customers.
Marvyn, another of our board members, showed up in the afternoon to lend a hand and take photos. He also took a workshop, learning how to sew signatures together for his handprinted books.
Thanks to Fran and Louise for the posters celebrating our 30 years.
Every year, visitors from around the world visit the Mackenzie Printery to discover over 500 years of printing technology.
The Niagara Parks hire summer staff and open the museum to tours and visitors seasonally, from Spring to Fall. This year the museum will be open to the public seven days a week starting on Saturday, May 20th. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, click here to visit the Niagara Parks website:
The Mackenzie Print Group volunteers will continue to meet Saturday mornings, 9 - 11:30, at the museum to maintain equipment and develop our teaching spaces. Visit us then if you are interested in joining this volunteer group.