“Read All About It” Newspaper Printing & General Historic House Tour


Block printing is one of the oldest and most important forms of communication. It revolutionized the way that information was shared. Students will learn the importance of printmaking in the historic Weeksville community. They will use their creativity to design an original work of art as follows: Newspaper Design: Students will explore the original copy of “The Freedman’s Torchlight” (1866 Printed Issue) and discuss its importance in the community. Within two smaller groups, the students will design their own newspaper. Each group will choose a theme for their newspaper, a name, and mascot. Using provided paint, ink pad, and character stamps, each group will design/ print their own Masthead. Each student will also contribute to their newspaper, by writing a short article/ paragraph fitting the theme of their newspaper.

Offered At

Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.



History, 19th Century, African American History, Reading, Literature, Writing


30 students, 1 chaperone per 3 students


90 min.


Field Trip


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group