Come share my 60-year passion of collecting six centuries of historical newspapers (as well as their precursors and digital successors) chronicling the rise (and maybe the fall) of news media over the past six centuries. 

See for yourself how “history unfolded on paper.”  As we travel through six centuries of time, we’ll explore the most famous and important events taking place between the 16th and the 21st centuries. You’ll see original historical newspapers, news-books, broadsides, and other media that covered the “first drafts of history” as they occurred. Steve will describe the events depicted in case a font is too small for you to easily read on the screen. You will see how history unfolded on paper and how the news media got it right, or wrong, at the time. We will look back at the historical record over the decades to see which news stories “held up” and which proved to be “fake news.”  

Come share the passion of collecting original historical newspapers for over 60 years!

What to Expect:

You will discover the history of newspapers, early news media, and their present-day successors beginning with the invention of movable type and the printing press in the 15th century by Johannes Gutenberg. The most historically significant events over the past 6 centuries will be the backdrop for this journey; their impacts and importance will be fully illuminated as we move together through the centuries of the development of news reporting, distribution, and printing.

Feedback from past courses with Steve:

“Excellent presentation, as always. I only wish he had been my history teacher in school!  Puts a fascinating perspective on historical facts.”

“Looking forward to future tours with Steve!”

“Steve’s classes are always of value.  His knowledge, expertise, and collegial demeanor put his audience at ease and eager to learn!”

HYBRID course at the Easton Family YMCA (choose to participate in person, or through Zoom, or recording) | 2 sessions | Tuesdays | March 12, 19 | 4:30 – 6 pm | $30

Steve Goldman

Stephen A. Goldman, DDS

Known locally as “The Newspaper Guy,” for over 60 years Steve Goldman has been a serious collector of historical newspapers, news broadsides, and news-books spanning 6 centuries from 1540 to the present day. He is the author of 3 books utilizing historical newspaper front pages to develop an historical theme: “Wanted Dead or Alive: A Newspaper Front Page History of the Wild West,” “Extra - Titanic: A Newspaper History of the Disaster,” and “Civil War - the Smithsonian Institute Headliners Series.” In 1997, Dr. Goldman formed Stephen A. Goldman Historical Newspapers, a company that sells original historical newspapers and their early precursors to the public. Beginning in 1995 and continuing to the present day he has been a consultant to the Freedom Forum Newseum, which until its closing in 2020 was the largest museum of News and Journalism history in the world. His private collection formed the basic core of the News Corporation News History Gallery at the Newseum. Dr. Goldman retired from the practice of dentistry in 2015.

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