19 Grove St. ~ PO Box 58 ~ Peterborough, NH 03458 ~ 603-924-3235 

Note: The Monadnock Center will be closed Saturday, May 26 for Memorial Day weekend.

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The Art of Handwriting Gallery Talk

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Enjoy a curator’s gallery talk in The Art of Handwriting exhibit where you will learn about the history of penmanship, see outstanding examples of handwriting over the centuries, and learn about cursive instruction in the past and today. In this talk, you will see a variety of artifacts from autograph books to instructional manuals to letters signed by President Franklin Pierce and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Artifacts from the world of commerce like ledger books, bills of sale, and inventories show us the importance of an elegant hand in the business world. Visitors will learn about the local man who made his living as a scribe and supported a family of ten through the art of his pen. The story of another local man examines the relationship of handwriting to reading and his efforts to help struggling readers through penmanship. The exhibit also includes unusual artifacts that incorporate handwriting like a 19th century fundraiser quilt featuring the handwritten names of a local church’s parishioners.

After the talk, try your hand at Spencerian, Palmer Method and Vertical Writing with a fountain or a calligraphy pen. Practice sheets are provided. Once you have perfected your writing, make a 19th century-style calling card to take home with you.

Do they still teach cursive in schools? Find out at this gallery talk!

Gallery talks are free with museum admission ($3/ free for members, children under 12).


May 25
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Monadnock Center for History & Culture
19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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