There’s a Point to Pencils! “In Praise of the Pencil”
The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA, located in the historic Penn Quarter, reveals its newest exhibit, titled “In Praise of the Pencil,” on Tuesday, April 12th. The exhibit is part of the museum’s ongoing series honoring German entrepreneurship and comes to the museum from one of their German Club partners, the German-American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa. It tells the story of the German-born carpenter Friedrich Staedtler, who in 1662 became the first person to register a pencil business. 350 years later, the Staedtler business has expanded overseas to the United States, making it more longstanding than its largest rival, Faber-Castell, founded in 1761.
This unique exhibit explores the significance of the pencil manufacturing industry to German heritage and culture and brings to life an often unexplored part of German history. Visitors to the exhibit will not only learn about Friedrich Staedtler, but also about cross-Atlantic industry and how the German pencil industry became intertwined with the United States. The exhibit also features creative art pieces done by renowned artists that are composed entirely of Staedtler and Faber-Castell pencils.
Entrance to the museum’s permanent exhibit as well as “In Praise of the Pencil” is $7 for adults and $5 for students and members of the foundation. Entrance for children under 12 is free. For reduced group fees or a formal tour email firstname.lastname@example.org. “In Praise of the Pencil” can be viewed at the German-American Heritage Museum through May.
The museum would like to thank its sponsor Staedtler for helping make this exhibit possible. The museum also expresses their thanks to the museum staff in Davenport for loaning their exhibit to us, as well as to German Gourmet for providing food for the exhibit opening.
German American Heritage Museum
719 6th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
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