275 EAST CENTER STREET - PROVO, UTAH
OPEN FOR TOURS BY APPOINTMENT - call or text today!
MONDAY - SATURDAY
9:00 A.M. to 8 P.M.
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Book a full lecture tour
& learn about the printing of the scriptures!
School, church, business, family groups, etc...
(an hour and a half of in-depth history of printing the scriptures)!
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We are looking for volunteers to help at the museum!
Founder & Curator:
Louis E. Crandall
July 27, 1929 - Sept. 11, 2016
Started in 1998, the Crandall Historical Printing Museum has become a historic treasure. It's been called the most complete printing museum of the scriptures. Louis E. Crandall collected antiques through out his life and one of his most prized possessions was an early 1850's Peter Smith hand upright printing press used to print newspapers and pamphlets with a large platen that could print a poster as well. He actually used the press in his amusement park called Legend City in Tempe, Arizona circa 1963, to print a collector addition newspaper that visitors would purchase at the park. It also printed many western looking wanted posters for visitors. These posters would be personalized with the visitor's name which made a fun souvenir!
He interest in printing began at the age of 14, by doing typesetting in a newspaper shop in Phoenix, Arizona, which started his career in printing and the graphic arts. He took a few classes at Arizona State University in art, but knew that being an Entrepreneur his dream, so he started his own print shop and eventually an advertising agency while in his 20's. He even invented a children's newspaper printing kit, and introduced it at a large toy convention in New York which was a big hit. He was a natural and talented graphic designer and commercial artist right off the bat. His agency and print shop was named, The Louis E. Crandall Advertising Agency. In his early 30's, he began the plans to start an amusement park. He was fascinated with the new Disneyland in California and wanted to entertain people in the fashion, he always dreamed big and this was huge especially for his age. Even though the park only lasted 20 years, it made memories for thousands of people in Arizona that will last a lifetime. Many called him the Walt Disney of Arizona and all he wanted to do is make people happy and try to invent a place that was not only fun, but educational, which Legend City was. The theme was about the old west (he loved western movies) and the stories and places of the desert. From Superstition Mountain and the Lost Dutchman's Mine ride, to Cochise' last stand and the battles of cowboys and indians. He wanted to portray these famous fights with reenactments of gun fights in the streets, canoe rides, train robberies, and many more entertaining venues. He even purchased a steam train that you could ride around the park, just like Disneyland. You could ride a stage coach down the main street or pan for gold and even ride a log flume or rollercoaster. Six flags over Texas, and even some Disney creators, helped Louis with this dream in designing a very memorable park. The biggest problem with Legend City was that Phoenix was not quite the size of L.A., and was not a visitor's destination like southern California, not to mention the extreme temperatures of Phoenix. He moved his family to Provo to possibly build a ski resort, but immediately started up an ad agency named Western Advertising which included a local printer (Press Publishing) to merge there efforts in graphic design and printing for many clients in Utah, Arizona, California and even Europe. One of his top clients was KLM Airlines in Amsterdam and big local clients, Murdock Travel and even The Osmond Brothers.
After many years of collecting antiques, especially printing old type cases, presses, paper cutters and the like, Louis decided to make his ad agency on Center Street in Provo, a printing museum. A place where people could be educated on how the printing of the scriptures changed the World and builds their faith in the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was an immediate hit, especially with the purchase of replica presses from plans from Mainz, Germany and the original Gutenberg Press to the Smithsonian blue prints of the English Common Press used by Benjamin Franklin, and eventually an exact duplicate of the famous Acorn Press from Palmyra, New York, that printed the Book of Mormon. These amazing machines and artifacts will be his lasting legacy for all to enjoy. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints recognize the museum as the most authentic education center for printing the Book of Mormon and even sends it's docents from the Church Museum in Salt Lake to the Crandall Historical Printing Museum to teach them how the book was made.
His testimony was that the first commercially printed book in the World was the Bible and the Book of Mormon, 380 years later was printed exactly the same way, with hot lead movable type, ink balls and painstaking work that was never duplicated.
His hope that everyone would want to come to his museum to enjoy his passion, and learn why the printing of the scriptures are fascinating and more importantly why reading these books would build one's faith in the Gospel!
His children and other family members are running the museum today and would love for everyone to come share in his legacy!
"The Crandall Historical Printing Museum stands as one of the most unique printing museums in the World with strict attention to the absolute authenticity in the presentation of type casting, printing, bookbinding, and ink making."
The most complete working printing museum in the World...
located at 275 East Center Street in Provo, Utah USA!
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