"The When and Where of American Print Culture in the 1700s"
Elizabeth Watts Pope, the Society’s curator of books and digital collections, introduces when and where printing began in colonial America and how it developed over the course of the eighteenth century.
"The Who and What of American Print Culture in the 1700s"
Elizabeth Watts Pope, the Society’s curator of books and digital collections, introduces who was involved in American colonial printing and what kinds of materials they produced.
"Printmaking in Eighteenth-Century America"
Lauren Hewes, the Society’s vice president for collections, describes the primary printing processes used in the eighteenth century to create and disseminate visual material, including prints, maps, ephemera, and book and newspaper illustrations.
"American Broadsides & Ephemera Before 1800"
Lauren Hewes, the Society’s vice president for collections, introduces several types of eighteenth-century paper ephemera that include pictorial design elements. Broadsides, trade cards, and bill heads are among the types of ephemera featured.
"The Format of Colonial American Newspapers"
Vincent Golden, the curator of newspapers and periodicals at the American Antiquarian Society, discusses the size, format, and features of early American newspapers.
"Some Characteristics of Colonial American Newspapers"
Vincent Golden, the curator of newspapers and periodicals at the American Antiquarian Society, talks about how colonial American printers gathered, printed, and distributed the news.
"Isaiah Thomas's Printing Press at the American Antiquarian Society"
James David Moran, retired AAS vice president for programs and outreach, introduces Isaiah Thomas's eighteenth-century printing press used to print the first eyewitness account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Credit: These videos were created as part of a second National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for K-12 Educators offered by the American Antiquarian Society virtually in the summer of 2021. They were produced by James Moran and filmed and edited by Nathan Fiske, photographer and media producer at AAS. AAS extends special thanks to the NEH, an independent agency of the United States government, for the funding to host the institute and create these films.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.