Not everyone knows that a Philadelphia brewer penned the most famous document in American history. As an assistant Secretary to Congress, Timothy Matlack engrossed the Declaration of Independence. But how was it that a beer-bottler, infamous for cockfighting, once confined to debtor’s prison, was given this responsibility?
Teaching and mastery of handwriting is under attack as being less relevant with today’s digital communication. Dr. Robert J. Mahar will provide a brief review of the history and present status of handwriting, revealing the central role that cursive handwriting has served in society.
For many of Pennsylvania’s early German-speaking settlers, handwriting was more than a communication tool. It was also a component of religious devotion. Highlighting objects in the HSP collection, this presentation by Doctoral student Alexander Lawrence Ames explores the complex relationship between Pennsylvania German spiritualism and the visual presentation of devotional texts.