Then and Now

Join the Sacramento History Museum and Design Sacramento on January 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm as we delve into the use of typography in history and modern design. This 90-minute online workshop will trace the historical development of typography, investigating the origins of familiar typefaces you may know from the digital world and pointing out their distinguishing characteristics. We’ll also look at examples of how type was and is used to emphasize and enhance the printed word, including a few examples from the California In Print exhibition at the Sacramento History Museum.


Participants will virtually visit a working printshop and see how letterpress prints are made using wood and metal type on presses that date back to the 19th century and are still in use today. Each student will receive a print made from one of these historic presses in the mail after the class.


Tickets are $20.00 per person, including your keepsake print. Sacramento History Members can sign-up at the discounted rate of $15.00 per person. This workshop does have a capacity, so be sure to sign up in advance!



Bridget Lewis is the founder of Delta Letterpress, a printing studio in Sacramento, CA focused on custom and fine art printing. She has been letterpress printing since 2006, and has taken several classes on printing and hand-lettering at the San Francisco Center for the Book, School of Visual Concepts (Seattle, WA), Hamilton Wood Type (Two Rivers, WI). Her studio is located in south Sacramento and houses several platen and cylinder presses, as well as a collection of wood and metal type.


She has a BFA in ceramics and a BA in History of Art from The Ohio State University, and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfiled Hills, MI. Both degrees included minor concentrations in Printmaking.


Bridget is also the founder of Delta Workshop — a gallery, shop, and classroom that was located in Sacramento, CA from 2013-2016.