BRATTLEBORO >> Today at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation about Brattleboro's Stephen Daye Press in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main Street. This event is open to the public and admission is free.
ounded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press published books about New England. It is considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States.
Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro, will give a talk about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items.
The name, Stephen Daye Press, was to honor the very first printing press in the colonies, brought from England in 1636. The SDP published over 125 titles during the 10 years of its existence, 1932-1942. Most were hard cover books, but it also published pamphlets, folios, soft cover books and other materials.
Brattleboro's own Vermont Printing Company facilitated the start-up of the SDP and was its printer. The SDP not only acquired and cultivated its authors, but also focused on craftsmanship in all aspects of its publishing operation that included: type selection, book design, dust jackets and many other details.
The Brattleboro Historical Society and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are sponsoring the SDP presentation and exhibit. The event is part of the Historical Society and Friends collaboration to tell the story of Brattleboro's important and distinguished publishing and printing history.