History San José to celebrate 50th anniversary of historic Print Shop

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Print Shop’s debut with History San José and the San Jose Printers’ Guild on April 29, 2023.

A man uses an old letterpress printer.

See a live demonstration showcasing the techniques of printmaking.

Photo via History San José

It’s a print party, y’all.

In 1973, History Park’s Print Shop opened to the public. The building itself was originally a residence built in 1884 on North San Pedro Street, but it was re-imagined into a print shop common to San Jose in the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

So this year, on Saturday, April 29th — the exact date the Print Shop turns 50 years old — History San José + the San José Printers’ Guild will host their annual Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose, which will bring 30+ printmakers, vendors, and artists to History Park.

Enjoy interactive demonstrations of letterpress printing, handmade items for purchase, and freshly-printed keepsakes to take home.

This free event will go from noon to 3 p.m. Find more information about the vendor lineup and schedule of activities on the Printers’ Guild website.