“Pens & The Post” Event at the Smithsonian Museum This Saturday

Someone from the Smithsonian wrote to me about this event, which sounds like wonderful family fun for pen and handwriting lovers! Jot this in your notebook as a must-do if you’re in the Washington DC area this weekend!
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WHAT: Pens & the Post: Collect, Correspond, Celebrate!

WHEN: Saturday, May 29

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE

The National Postal Museum, along with the Pen Collectors of America and Fahrney’s Pens, are hosting “Pens & the Post: Collect, Correspond, Celebrate!” Pens, postage and mail have long gone hand in hand. Explore the shared history of pens and mail with the whole family.

The following activities taking place throughout the day:

· Make a creative card to send to a friend with young designer Sophia Breuer

· Watch an expert calligraphy demonstration by expert calligrapher Deborah Basel

· Take a fancy fountain pen for a spin at the “Pen Petting Zoo” provided by Fahrney’s Pens

· Sample a rainbow of ink colors with John Bosley, author of Vintage Inks

· Try out beautiful papers from plain to posh with handwriting specialist Nan Barchowsky

· Just in time for Memorial Day, pen a letter to U.S. military members and learn about World War II-era correspondence.

· Meet the Pen Collectors of America and find out more about the pen collecting community

· See a pen set belonging to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and beautiful stamps featuring pens and handwriting in a scavenger hunt

Short workshops provide the opportunity to learn from the experts and try new skills:

· 11:30 a.m. – Pens for Kids Workshop presented by the Pen Collectors of America

· 12:30 p.m. – Cursive for Kids Workshop presented by Fahrney’s Pens

· 1:30 p.m. – Pens for Kids Workshop presented by the Pen Collectors of America

· 2:30 p.m. – The Glory of Pen Collecting presented by the Pen Collectors of America

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One Response to ““Pens & The Post” Event at the Smithsonian Museum This Saturday”

  1. Blast from the past!
    I used to participate in massive mail art network projects. Getting to the National Postal Museum was everyone’s dream!

    Of interest, and a topic for further investigation by notebook freaks, mail art seems to be enjoying a renaissance. Interest in the handwritten epistle has stimulated a resurgence in using the postal service. Add calligraphy, fountain pens, rubber stamps, and the ability to print your own postage stamps and you have a movement.

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