Minnesota Newspaper Museum to mark 25 years at the State Fair

Since 1987, visitors to the Minnesota State Fair have had the opportunity to experience the 1930s-era weekly newspaper office of the “Maynard News,” located in Heritage Square. This year the museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The newspaper museum, established by the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, features letterpress equipment and is a working replica of a small town newspaper.

Authentic in detail, the museum holds the contents of the actual “Maynard News” which operated in Maynard, Minnesota, for most of the town’s 100+ years. Additional printing equipment was donated through the years by other individuals around the state.

Since the museum’s grand opening 25 years ago, volunteers have donated their time, equipment and financial resources to keep the museum operating as a working tribute to the era. Each year the museum receives tens of thousands of visitors to see a four page newspaper produced.

The Newspaper Museum is owned by the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and is operated entirely by volunteers and financial contributions. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve the past while expanding the understanding between those who produce Minnesota’s newspapers and those who read and use them, emphasizing the role and obligations of a free press in a free society.

If you’re interested in volunteering for a shift, would like further information or to contribute, contact Julie Bergman (218-230-8943), julie@wiktel.com.

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