After the Ladies of Letterpress Conference, if you need to pick up some tools, equipment, etc., or talk to some fellow printers about any issues you’re having, this is a great place to do it.
In Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (southeast corner of the state), Printers Hall at the Old Threshers Museum grounds will have a range of presses available for learning about (Vandercook, Heidelbergs, platen presses, iron hand press, proof press, ruling machine, steam-operated newspaper press, plus linotype, ludlow, and perhaps intertype? I cannot remember), with experienced operators on all of them.
There is also stuff for sale on Saturday morning, and in years past, it has included wood type, metal type, all sorts of tools for all sorts of presses, mats (I think), catalogs, cuts, presses (table tops, if I remember correctly).
And, if there is something specific you would like to learn more about, feel free to contact one of the fellows listed on the poster, and they can help to arrange that, making sure there’s someone there who can talk to you while you are there.