WICHITA FALLS(KFDX KJTL)—Hidden in the Moffett library on Midwestern State Unversity’s campus is a nearly 200-year-old machine instrumental in the way we read printed words today. An official common press designed in the late 1820s was donated to the school when an alumnus died in the mid-1990s.
After passing away in 1995, Midwestern State alumni Nolan Moore left a prized, centuries-old artifact to his alma mater. A printing press made by Adam R
“Nolan Moore was interested in the history of print so he began to collect items that documented man’s attempt to communicate in print through history so the collection starts through man’s attempt to communicate through print up to modern-day,” MSU Librarian Courtney Bates said.
During Moore’s search and in an era of no internet, he received a phone call from a bookseller who found this press in a barn in northern Mexico.
Soon after finding it Moore had a close call.
“After he got it he put it in storage and there was a fire so you can tell the wood is blackened so it survived a fire
But, now following Moore’s death, what he spent so long researching is now a learning tool for thousands of MSU students.
Learning that still continues today and will continue for many years to come.