The Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and educational demonstration of 19th and 20th century letterpress typesetting and printing techniques, offering enthusiasts the opportunity for hands on learning in a working shop environment.

Our primary target age encompasses middle school age children in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. As a way to cultivate an interest in Letterpress Printing, the museum created The Letterpress Essay Contest to give students a glimpse of the people who have made the printed word come alive.

Each year, the museum intends to expand on the character of Benjamin Franklin to include others who transformed civilization through their innovations and discovery.


The Ben Franklin Essay contest, as an extension program of  The Olde Yakima Letterpress Museum is intended to give students an opportunity to explore some of the many characteristics of Ben Franklin as a role model.