FREDERICKTOWN — One of the most unusual newspapers ever printed will be displayed and discussed at the Main Street Free Press Museum’s annual program today at 7:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church, East Sandusky and Pleasant streets, in Fredericktown, a block east of the town square.
The “Calico Edition” of the Fredericktown Free Press will be shown by Mansfield historian and author Bob Carter. The Oct. 18, 1879, edition was printed on calico instead of paper to celebrate the election of Ohio governor Charles “Calico Charley” Foster. Carter’s copy of the edition was handed down in his family. Carter will tell about the history of the edition.
Carter’s talk will be part of the one-hour program on “Politics and the Hometown Press.” John Long, Museum co-founder and director, will also speak. Long will talk about how small-town newspapers’ coverage of politics has changed since the 1870s.
The museum, at Main and Second streets in Fredericktown, a block north of the square and steps from the church, will be open for tours and printing demonstrations on an antique letterpress, before and after tonight’s program, beginning at 6 and ending at 10 p.m.; also Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.; and on Saturday from after the Fredericktown Tomato Show parade until 10 p.m.
Admission is free to the program and the museum.
More information about the museum can be found on its website www.FreePressMuseum.org.
Published on September 6, 2012