The Gallery of Shorthand relates the history of one of mankind’s oldest professions. Its story begins in 3500 BC when the Sumerians, recognizing the importance of preserving thought, created written literacy, and underscores the role of ancient and contemporary scribes in safeguarding these treasures for future civilizations. It then focuses on Cicero’s 63 BC invention of the first shorthand system to record official Roman Senate proceedings, follows the 2,000-year development of fast, accurate verbatim inventions, and concludes by describing how today’s shorthand experts embrace modern technology to instantly create text from speech.
Believed to be the only museum of its kind, The Gallery uses more than 30 stenotype machines, 50 books, and 20 pictorial illustrations and artifact replicas to remind what has largely been taken for granted: the role of shorthand in the preservation of thought, and the front-row seats occupied by shorthand artisans at events which have shaped history. Open to the public during normal court hours, admission is free.
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