Mackenzie House

Printing Workshop: The People Should Read

Newspapers in 19th Century Toronto

In 1834, editor William Lyon Mackenzie wrote: "The people should read - they should inform themselves upon political subjects - else how they can exercise a discerning judgement?" Editor Mary Ann Shadd valued the right to read so highly she included "General Literature" on her newspaper masthead, and encouraged women to follow her into publishing. In a 45 minute hands-on workshop, we explore the rise of literacy in Toronto, and the growing demand for newspapers and books. Print a poster and a bookmark on our historic printing presses!