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NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY  JANUARY 23

Celebrate the day with a break from screens and keyboards! Pick up a pen, pencil, chalk, or maker and take to paper, chalkboard, whiteboard and write away! You can write down these fun facts and pencil them in for next year’s celebration!

  • In response to fears shared by educators that penmanship was becoming a lost art and skill, National Handwriting Day was created by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association in 1977.
  • Historical research suggests the art of handwriting dates to 3400 BC with writing in cuneiform (meaning “wedge-shaped” and one of the oldest known forms of writing) appearing on clay tablets.
  • Ancient Romans were some of the first to create and utilize a written script for recording transactions and communications.
  • During the 1700’s fancy penmanship evolved into a status symbol and teaching schools emerged to train scribes.
  • Professional penmen were employed to copy the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  • According to researchers, there are twelve characteristics required to produce quality penmanship:  line quality, spacing, size consistency, pen lifts, connecting strokes, complete letters, cursive vs. print, pen pressure, slant, baselines, embellishments, and placements.
  • January 23 was selected to celebrate National Handwriting Day as it is the birthday of John Hancock, the first to sign the Declaration of Independence with his distinctive signature!

 

A TASTE OF HISTORY

Indulge your senses this winter season in specially curated recipes from the collections of the Little White School Museum. Try creating a sweet treat from the past, re-discover a family favorite or start a new tradition of tasting history!  Throughout the season, we will feature recipes from the compilation cookbook,  Favorite Recipes Compiled by Oswego Schools Cafeteria Ladies, 1975. 

 

 

 

Toffee Cookie

Toffee Cookie Video Instruction Here

Toffee Cookie Printable Recipe

 

 

Quick & Easy Brownies

Quick & Easy Brownies Printable Recipe

 

 

Peppermint Delight Pie

Peppermint Delight Pie Instruction

Peppermint Delight Pie Printable Recipe

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Fingers

Peanut Butter Fingers Printable Recipe

 

 

Explore and Do

History from Home – Virtual Visits

Little White School Museum Gallery

Fun First Facts!

  • Do you know when the first traffic light was installed in Oswego? How about the telephone? First business? Discover fun facts and interesting info in our Oswego Firsts Brochure.

 

  Local History Resources

Area Websites of Interest