Red Handprint had its beginning in 2015 with the layout and printing of Peterborough Archaeology, a publication for the Peterborough chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society. The first book with the imprint of Red Handprint was produced in 2017, with the publication of The Legacy of Vanished Trails. Red Handprint plans to continue to publish books in the sphere of archaeology and history.
Red Handprint is named after the earliest human forms of printing on prehistoric cave walls found through out Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. Often primitive man would use red ochre for various spiritual purposes and the sign of the hand appears early on in human express.