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RestorationExterior of the Print Shop
The Print Shop, under the direction of Al Harris and through the efforts of the restoration crew, was transformed from an old shed into a typical Midwest printing business complete with wainscoting and a tin ceiling. Harold and Eva White, owners and publishers of the Naperville Sun, funded the restoration of the building and the equipment.

Arthur Veysey, then general manager of the Cantigny Museum, and Gwen Morgan, then director of the Robert R. McCormick Museum, donated the printing equipment specifically for an operable shop. This included a:
  • Babcock Press, originally steam driven
  • Chandler and Price job press used to print handbills, tickets and the like
  • Perforator

Building & Equipment Use
The equipment originally was used to print the Whitestown Dispatch in Whitestown, Indiana, and was sold when the last member of the family passed away. Since its dedication in 1982, the Print Shop has continued to serve Naper Settlement in an educational and public programming capacity. Here, visitors can see presses just like those used to produce Naperville's early newspapers. Visitors also learn where phrases such as "mind your Ps and Qs," "uppercase" and "lowercase" originated as well.

Volunteers & Donors
Our sincere appreciation to the donors and volunteers who contributed their time, resources and equipment to make the Print Shop at Naper Settlement an operating newspaper and job printing shop again. View all volunteers and donors who contributed to the Print Shop.

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