The Cokato Museums’ latest temporary exhibit is now open.
The exhibit is called The Keyboard That Killed Cursive.
At one time, the Palmer Method of penmanship and cursive writing was the norm. Now our communications are essentially the clicking of keystrokes and the hitting of the “Send” button. How we progressed from that rigorous standard of precise penmanship to cursive being a lost art is the focus of this display—starting with a look at the Palmer Method and ending with the formative years of business/personal computer applications.
Nearly two dozen typewriters, ranging from the late nineteenth century through the late 1980s are featured, along with some early desktop computers that will leave you shaking your head in amazement. Exhibit patrons can try their hand at a penmanship exercise, or see how their typewriter skills have held up after all these years.
The Keyboard That Killed Cursive officially opened Tuesday (December 10) and runs through March 22, 2014.
The main exhibit gallery is also festively decorated for the holiday season. We even have Santa checking his Naughty & Nice list as he sorts mail in the post office display.
The Cokato Museum is a cooperative effort of the City of Cokato and the Cokato Historical Society.