Boston Edition of U.S. Constitution Printed for First Time in 231 Years
See rare printing of the Federal Convention at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill
Gary Gregory, print master and founder of the Printing Office of Edes & Gill at Old North Church & Historic Site has printed the Boston edition of the Federal Convention, known to Americans today as the U.S. Constitution, for the first time since 1787. Found in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Gregory has spent six years researching, casting and typesetting this document by hand. Visitors to Old North Church & Historic Site can see this rare document printed on an 18th century reproduction printing press.
Open since 2011, the Printing Office of Edes & Gill is Boston’s only colonial printing experience. Named after Boston Gazette proprietors Benjamin Edes and John Gill, visitors can see documents like the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution printed on an 18th century reproduction common wooden printing press and learn about the craft of colonial printing. “It has been a real passion of mine to produce these Boston documents that changed Boston and changed the world,” said Gregory. “The feeling is one of deep satisfaction, knowing that something so important to American history and so unique has been created.”
Visitors can see the U.S. Constitution printed at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill at Old North Church & Historic Site during weekends in February and March, and daily beginning in April. Printed copies from Gregory’s 18th century reproduction printing press can be bought on-site for $19.95.
For more information: visit oldnorth.com or call (617) 523-6676