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Presstival Printing Press Festival offers unique art and history experience

Posted on 11/16/2015

Washburn, N.D. - The Presstival Printing Press Festival will be held Saturday, November 21, at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. The event is complimentary with the regular Interpretive Center admission fee. Children and adults are welcome.

With simple step-by-step instructions, participants will have the opportunity to draw and print lithographs on a hand-cranked art press. The lithographs make great mementos or Christmas gifts. Apple cider, coffee, and cookies will be served.

Lithography is a 19th-centruy art form that makes up much of the Center's collections. "In the 1800s, lithographs were how people saw the world," according to event organizer Robert Hanna. "If, for instance, your kids wanted to know what the President of the United States looked like, you would go to the print shop and buy them a lithograph."

The Presstival runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or while printing supplies last. Event admission is included in the normal entry fee to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center: $7.50 for adults, $5 for adults with a North Dakota Parks and Recreation vehicle pass, $3 for students, and free for Foundation members.

All children must be supervised by an adult or guardian. For more information, contact Robert Hanna at 701-462-8535.

The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation supports the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan at Washburn, which are operated by North Dakota Parks and Recreation.

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