PUBLISHING MUSEUM


Open Tuesday - Friday
1:00 to 5:30
Saturdays 9:00 to 1:00

Learn more about St. Andrews by taking a Guided Historic Walking Tour.

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Starts at 1:00 at the museum Wednesday and Fridays

George Mortimer West, a writer, promoter, economist, horticulturist, publisher, railroader, attorney, photographer, and entrepreneur, is credited as the founding father of Panama City, developing it into an economically viable city on the shores of St. Andrews Bay. He and his third wife Lillian Carlisle West, built this Panama City Publishing Company building in 1920, in the heart of historic St. Andrews. The building served as the home of Panama City’s first newspapers, including the Panama City Pilot, the St. Andrews Bay News, and Lynn Haven Free Press. They also did commercial job printing such as letterhead, invoices, envelopes, etc. West died in 1926, and “Miss Lilian,” continued to run the business. She was an extraordinary businesswoman for her time, and the first woman registered to vote in St. Andrews. Miss Lillian sold the newspapers to John Perry, owner of the Panama City Herald in 1937, and he merged the papers into the current Panama City News Herald. In addition to photos, newspapers, and documents, produced by Mr. West, the building houses more than 70 major historical items, including original printing presses and office furnishings, which were still in use by Mr. West’s great-great grandson Charles (Buddy) West, who operated the business until the City of Panama City purchased the building in October 2005, restored it, and opened it as a museum in 2008.



Additional Resources:



Museum Docents — The Publishing Museum is always looking for volunteers to assist as docents to greet visitors and share the history of the museum as well as St. Andrews. No experience necessary!

Press On Print Shop – Learn the printing craft using the type, plates, and 1915 press. Express your creativity! There are also print shop organizing tasks to help make it run more efficiently. Assist in hands on crafts and demonstrations when groups are scheduled.

Collections and Exhibits – Monthly exhibits are developed for the temporary display wall and volunteers are welcome to join us. An annual schedule of topics is planned, then research into old newspapers and photos is conducted, and exhibits are developed. These volunteers also manage the archived document collection.

Museum Operations and Procedures – These volunteers perform a variety of projects and tasks for the museum based on the Museum’s Management Plan.


Become a Member

Memberships support the Press On Print Shop, museum exhibits, educational programs, and workshops.

Legacy Giving invests directly into the endowment for the sustainability of the museum operations.

YOU make it all possible through your membership. Plus, there are some pretty cool member benefits. See for yourself.


At the museum you will see the personal and business artifacts of the Wests, learn about operation of the vintage printing equipment, and enjoy a different exhibit on the temporary display wall each month. We also welcome groups of all ages. Please call ahead for scheduling a group tour that includes printing press demonstrations and children’s activities