THERE´S A POINT TO PENCILS: “In Praise of the Pencil” COMES TO THE GAHM

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The German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ is proud to host another exhibit from a member organization. On Thursday, April 14th, 2016, the Museum will open In Praise of the Pencil, carefully researched and curated by the staff of the German-American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa. In Praise of the Pencil relays the story of pencil manufacturing and its surprising connection to German culture and heritage. In 1662, carpenter Friedrich Staedtler of Nuremberg, Germany became the first individual to register a pencil business. Over 350 years later, Staedtler continues to be a dominant presence in the industry, having extended its production well beyond Germany’s borders to the United States. The significance of Staedtler to artists, writers, and craftsmen of various trades is rivaled only by Faber-Castell, founded in 1761 by Kasper Faber in Stein, Bavaria. Descendants of Faber eventually immigrated to the United States, taking their trade with them and registering one of the first trademarks in American history.In Praise of the Pencil allows visitors to contemplate not only the German connection to pencil manufacturing, but the context in which this demand was met, and the relevance of cross-Atlantic industry and cultural exchange.