On Tuesday at BYU-Idaho’s David O. McKay Library, there will be an opportunity to learn about printing without the use of technology at the BYU-Idaho Iron Acorn Press.

The original Iron Acorn Press printed the first edition of the Book of Mormon.

From 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, anyone is welcome to ask questions about the use of the printing press and what was needed to print the Book of Mormon. At the end of the demonstration, everyone can take home a printed page of poetry as a souvenir or as a gift for someone special.

Today, printing takes only a few seconds, but in the past printing took hours. It took time and effort to set up the letters and pages in order to get the right results. Maggie Thomas, a student studying humanities, helps out at the Iron Acorn Press. On Tuesday she will help demonstrate how to use this piece of history.

“It’s very meditative and methodical,” Thomas said.

During the printing process, Thomas helps space out the letters on the printing machine; the letters have to be set up backward to print correctly on a page.

A student rolled out ink into the letters used to create the print.

Rolling out ink onto the layout of the print. Photo credit: Rose Jones

The Mckay Library and the Iron Acorn Press held a Valentine’s Day poetry contest the week leading up to the holiday. Students submitted their poetry last Saturday. This weekend, the winner of the contest will be determined and their work will be used during the demonstration on Tuesday.

To learn more, visit the Iron Acorn Press in room 249 of the McKay library during their open hours Monday-Friday.