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A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of Print

September 9 - December 30

Recurring Event Event Series (See All)
Free

For centuries, handwriting served as a powerful tool for communicating information, preserving knowledge, shaping identity, and building empires. In our digital world, however, fewer and fewer people can read handwritten words.

Handwriting has survived disruptive technologies before. The invention of printing did not diminish the need for handwriting. Instead, it created new markets for ambitious printers and entrepreneurial writing teachers. These men and women used advances in print technologies to widen the influence of handwriting in everyday life.

A Show of Hands focuses on people, cultures, and technology to illustrate how handwriting has been taught, reproduced, and reimagined over the past five hundred years. Displaying a range of books and manuscripts from the Newberry’s collection, the exhibition makes the role of handwriting in the age of print newly legible.

A Show of Hands is generously supported by the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the Fitzgerald Family Foundation, and Diane and Richard Weinberg.

Details

Start:
September 9
End:
December 30
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Free
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Website:
https://www.newberry.org/calendar/a-show-of-hands

Organizer

Newberry Library
Email:
publicprograms@newberry.org
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Venue

Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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