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Join us at our annual program co-sponsored by the Columbus-based chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  A longtime Boston Globe reporter and editor tells of

“A Life’s Journey in Daily Journalism”

And introduces his significant gift to our Museum,

The Tom Palmer Collection

of hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers he curated during his career, papers that recorded the first draft of a generation of the history of our nation and the world.

7:15 p.m. Thur., Sept. 5, 2019, 1st Baptist Church, Fredericktown, Ohio













Take Museum tours and see letterpress printing demonstrations Sept. 4-9. 2019, during Fredericktown Tomato Show street fair. 

The Museum will be open for tours and printing demonstrations from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 4, Thursday Sept. 5 (except during our annual program) and Friday Sept. 6, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Sept.7, 2019.

Here is the full schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 4:  Museum tours, 6-10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5:  Museum tours and letterpress printing demonstrations, 6-7 & 8:30-10 p.m. Annual Museum program, 7:15-8:15 p.m., at First Baptist Church, “A Life’s Journey in Journalism,” with Boston Globe veteran Tom Palmer
Friday, Sept. 6:  Museum tours & letterpress printing demonstrations, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7:  Museum tours & letterpress printing demonstrations, 2-10 p.m.



See driving directions elsewhere on this website.



Program Bios

Speaker: Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is an independent communications consultant in the Boston area and owner of Tom Palmer Communication. He works with clients to help solve their communications problems and consults on public relations and marketing matters, frequently collaborating with other public relations professionals. He specializes in advising clients on how to communicate clearly and effectively with the public and the media, both traditional and digital.

Tom has extensive experience in the real estate industry but has clients across a broad spectrum, including among nonprofit organizations. Tom is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (now NAIOP), Real Estate Finance Association of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, and the Urban Land Institute.

Tom was a Boston Globe reporter and editor for more than 30 years. Before leaving the Globe in May 2008, he covered real estate and commercial development for six years in the Business department of the newsroom. Previously, he covered transportation issues for nine years, including the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel project (the Big Dig).

He joined the Globe in 1976 and served at various times as copy editor, assistant national editor, assistant foreign editor, investigative reporter with the Globe's Spotlight Team, general-assignment reporter, roving national reporter, and roving foreign reporter.

As national correspondent, he covered the Iran-Contra and Oliver North hearings in Congress in Washington and the aftermath of NASA's Shuttle Challenger disaster. As foreign correspondent, he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in Eastern Europe in 1989, the 1987 Haitian election and conflict, and civil war in the Sudan. He also covered marketing and advertising for the Globe's business section and wrote essays for the Sunday Focus (now Ideas) section.

Tom graduated from Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kan., where he was president of the senior class, with a B.A. in technical journalism in 1969, and from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, with an M.A. in communications in 1971. He previously worked at the Orange Coast Daily Pilot, in Costa Mesa, Calif., and at the Los Angeles Times.

Tom’s primary interests include current and political affairs, history, economics, music, and cinema. He lives in Natick, Mass., with his wife, Karen; he has two daughters and a son. He was born in Kansas City, Kan., and grew up in Shawnee Mission, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.


Moderator: John C. Long

John C. Long is director and a co-founder of The Main Street Free Press Museum; journalism professor, St. John’s and Hofstra universities; president of Deadline Club Foundation, scholarship fundraising arm of New York City chapter of Society of Professional Journalists; and a former editor at The Wall Street Journal, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal and The Knox County Citizen.

The Main Street Free Press Museum

Phone or Text: 917-693-7664
Fax: 212-253-4083

The Main Street Free Press Museum

To contact us:

Main Street at Second Street, Fredericktown, Ohio   43019

Boston Globe veteran Tom Palmer will share highlights of his 32 years as a reporter and editor at the Globe and a few from earlier at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Orange Coast Daily Pilot and Los Angeles Times. He was in Berlin when The Wall fell, covered the Iran-Contra Hearings and the aftermath of the Challenger   Space Shuttle disaster, hid from men with guns in Africa and Haiti, and wielded the power of the First Amendment with an emphasis on fairness and telling the whole story. Join him, in words and pictures, on his journey.

On the day of the program, the Museum, a block north of the village’s Public Square, will be open for tours and letterpress printing demonstrations from 6 to 7 p.m. and after the program, from 8:30 to 10. The church hosting the program is around the block from the Museum at 22 E. Sandusky St., a block east of the Public Square. The tours, demonstrations and program are free and open to the public.