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The Lost Art of the Pen

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – Sylvia Trentz, AM&H community outreach coordinator, will teach a basic skills calligraphy workshop at the Historic Adams House from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2007. Trentz will share the art of penmanship from both a hands-on and historical perspective. Utilizing historic documents and letters from the Adams House archives and age-old writing techniques, participants will come to understand the art of calligraphy in a relevant historical context. The event is free to AM&H members and $10 for non-members. Call 605-578-3724 for reservations. The art of calligraphy has existed for thousands of years in dozens of cultures. This workshop will focus on Western calligraphy, the calligraphy of the Latin writing system, dating to 3000 B.C.E. Soon after, the Romans quickly replaced early papyrus scrolls with parchment books. The art thrived in the 10th and 11th centuries largely due to the widespread reproduction of the Bible. While handwritten books had largely ceased to be produced by the early 1500s, the dawning of the 19th Century saw a resurgence in the art of penmanship which eventually led to the development of several calligraphy-based typefaces. Today, calligraphy is most commonly used by graphic designers in formal documents, invitations and other written media. Sylvia Trentz holds a B.A. in art from Black Hills State University, as well as several years of experience in the field. She has worked for the AM&H since 1997. The calligraphy workshop is sponsored by: the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort and Deadwood Gulch Resort & Gaming. -30- The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.