NDSU students to print on 1897 press in Bonanzaville – Fargo Underground



Students in the Introductory Publishing class at North Dakota State University will print the cover of a book of poetry on a hand-fed printing press from 1897. The course is taught by Dr Suzzanne Kelley, editor, NDSU Press. This is the sixth year that Dr. Kelley’s students have printed a chapbook cover on the Chandler & Price platinum press in The Hunter Times building in Bonanzaville, West Fargo. They print the inside pages and bind the book to the Braddock News Letterpress Museum, which is part of the South-Central Threshing Association in Braddock, ND

“For students, printing an old-fashioned book is unique in today’s digital world, and we are fortunate to have access to two sites where students can experience printing as it was made. in the 1890s, ”said Dr. Kelley. “Bonanzaville offers students the opportunity to do hands-on work away from the screen on their devices. “

Beth Jansen, executive director of Bonanzaville, said she was happy to welcome the students to the pioneer village. “There is nothing better than inviting students to visit Bonanzaville to experience history through 19th century technology,” Jansen said.

Students will split into teams to print the cover on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Introduction to Publishing is one of the required courses for the NDSU Publishing Certificate. Retired newspaper editor Allan Burke of Linton, ND, will assist Dr Kelley and his students. Burke is the Braddock Museum’s volunteer curator. He was an apprentice (the printer’s devil) at Carthage News, Carthage, SD, where he started working at the age of 11.

The Cass County North Dakota Historical Society (CCNDHS) is the cultural institution responsible for telling the history of the county, as well as preserving and collecting artifacts related to the history of the county. The CCNDHS owns and operates a museum, event center and prairie village located on 12 acres of land in West Fargo, North Dakota called Bonanzaville. Bonanzaville has a large main museum, 36 historic buildings, a shed, an automobile museum, an air museum, a tractor museum, an agricultural museum, and a law enforcement museum. Bonanzaville has been an emblematic part of the Red River Valley since 1967!


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