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About Us

Michael Sull demonstrates the fine art of beautiful penmenship.IAMPETH is an international, non-profit association over 700 members strong dedicated to practicing and preserving the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship.  Founded in 1949, it is the oldest and largest penmanship organization in the United States.

IAMPETH is a leader in calligraphic education, and dedicated to helping novices and experts alike improve their lettering and artistic skills. Our Archive Collection of the works of past masters is the richest and most comprehensive collection of American Penmanship in the world.

IAMPETH's goals are to  1. Practice and teach the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship  2. Restore the teaching of penmanship in schools  3. Improve the handwriting of young people  4. Honor the Master Penmen of today, and  5. Preserve and share with others the rich tradition of American Penmanship.

IAMPETH embraces the full range of lettering arts - from historic illumination and gilding, to text lettering, engrossing, broad-edge and pointed pen scripts.

Dr. Joe Vitolo teaching class with the Dukane projection systemOur Annual Convention, held every year since 1949, is a wonderful week of learning the pen arts taught by some of the best penmen and calligraphic artists in the country.

Membership includes access to the website's Members Only area, membership in the IAMPETH Yahoo Discussion Group, early invitation to attend our Annual Convention, and the quarterly Penman's Journal. This remarkable publication is the oldest pen art publication in the world. Articles covering such diverse topics as bird flourishing, text lettering, Engrosser's script (Copperplate) instruction, penmanship history and much more have appeared in the IAMPETH Penman's Journal.

The current President is Heather Held. On behalf of Heather and the entire Executive Board we invite you to join us at our 2014 Convention.  All are welcome to join IAMPETH and attend, from novice to expert.

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