Meradyth Moore reported in on the following cool information from the SMITHSONIAN (how cool is that?!?):

Check it out if you are in the area and email me to let me know how it was!!!

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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