Video of Minnesota Newspaper Museum at State Fair

Behind the scenes: Making the video

Recipient: Minnesota Newspaper Foundation

A documentary-type retrospective video was produced featuring the Minnesota Newspaper Museum at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. More than eight hours of footage was filmed and used to produce the 15 minute DVD. The final product explains letterpress printing from start to finish including segments on the Linotype, Page Composition, the press, job shop and finally, a section on the editorial/news function of a newspaper. The final section also stresses the importance of newspapers, yesterday and today, in a democratic society.

The video is being offered to newspapers throughout not only Minnesota but also in North Dakota and South Dakota for them to use with their staffs, interns and to share with their community groups (such as Lions, Rotary, etc.) In addition, a number of newspapers are also donating copies to their local museums to enhance their static displays on newspapers/letterpress.

Plans are also to offer DVDs to museums across the state, at a nominal cost. The Minnesota Newspaper Foundation is also exploring the possibility of making it available to High School Journalism - and possibly English - educators to share with their students.

The Minnesota Newspaper Foundation has successfully captured on film the unique history of the letterpress machines in action and the stories of their operators to bring to life the legacy of newspapers in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.