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Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting Honors Penmanship Heritage

October 9, 2013

Geneva, OH - Zaner-Bloser was honored to participate in the dedication ceremony for the first public monument celebrating our nation’s handwriting heritage on August 24. The Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting is named for Platt Rogers Spencer (1800–1864), creator of our country's first national style of penmanship and widely regarded as the Father of American Handwriting. The dedication ceremony took place at Geneva, Ohio’s original library building (now the county courthouse), which was founded by Spencer in the 1830’s.

The Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting holds great significance as a permanent reminder of the critical role that penmanship has played in our nation’s history. For centuries, the practice and instruction of handwriting have impacted our citizens socially, economically, and intellectually by improving literacy, providing the medium for commercial correspondence, and adding a personal touch to communication.

It was the vision of Michael Sull—Zaner-Bloser Master Penman and former President of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH)—and Harvest Crittenden—Master Penman and Director of the Spencerian Saga workshop program—that made the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting a reality.

Contributions from penmanship enthusiasts across the country helped to fund the project. Zaner-Bloser, an educational publisher renowned for its handwriting instruction materials, was the largest contributor to the project. The company, founded by Charles Paxton Zaner and Elmer Ward Bloser (Spencer’s fellow Master Penmen), was the most influential institution of penmanship and business education throughout America's Golden Age of Penmanship (1875–1925). Today, the company, much like the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting, signifies the importance of penmanship in our society.

Learn more about the Spencerian Monument for American Handwriting and IAMPETH at

IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association over 700 members strong dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing, and fine penmanship. Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization in the United States.

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