About Our Mission
The International Printing Museum, located in Southern California, is a dynamic museum devoted to bringing the history of books, printing, and the book arts to life for diverse audiences. The staff and volunteers make it their mission to take one of the world’s most significant collections of antique printing machinery and interpret it for today’s audiences through working demonstrations and theater presentations.
Since 1988, we have reached over 500,000 people, both those visiting the Museum and those we have visited via History in Motion, the Museum’s innovative schools outreach program, and taught about the history of books and printing, great inventions and inventors that helped make our world. The International Printing Museum has been recognized worldwide for the size and importance of its collection and for the successful and creative approach to interpreting the collection for the community and the world at large.
The Museum’s History
David Jacobson of Gutenberg Expositions and collector Ernest A. Lindner started the Museum in 1988 to house the Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Machinery. The collection has grown since then with significant donations and acquisition under the leadership of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and Founding Curator and Executive Director, Mark Barbour.
From 1988 until 1997, the Printing Museum was located in the city of Buena Park. Following the acquisition of the Museum’s property by CalTrans in 1997, we moved to our present facility in Carson, California, twenty minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, in 1998. In February, 2003, the Board of Trustees of the International Printing Museum Foundation authorized and raised the necessary funds to acquire title to the Carson property. Currently, the Board is working on raising the funds necessary to expand and improve the Museum in Carson.
The International Printing Museum Foundation is recognized as a tax exempt, 501c3 public charity by the IRS. The Museum supports itself in part with receipts from its activities and programs, but relies primarily on donations from individual and corporate donors. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Museum’s collection, day to day operations, programs and activities are managed by Curator and Founding Director Mark Barbour. The International Printing Museum Foundation’s Board of Trustees provide strategic oversight and guidance designed to further the Museum’s missions and growth.
Currently serving on the Board are the following individuals: Dan Freedland, President; Dr. Ethan Lipton, 1st Vice President; Bob Lindgren, Treasurer; Doug Haines, Secretary; Mark Barbour, Founding Director and Curator; Harriet Lindner; Carl Hirsch; Paul Carney; John Hedlund; Hanna Wood McConaghy; Dr. Leland Whitson; Dan Koon; Michael Druyen; Carol Geddes.