Sheaffer Pen Museum has closed in Iowa - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Sheaffer Pen Museum has closed in Iowa

Posted: Updated:
Facebook Facebook

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) -- The Sheaffer Pen Museum has closed its doors for good after seven years in southeastern Iowa.
   The museum announced the closure May 14. The museum's board of directors says the institution lacked financial stability.
   The Sheaffer Pen Plant in Fort Madison closed in 2008. The museum then opened in 2011 and displayed collections of pens, machines and other displays form the plant.
   Andy Andrews is president of the North Lee County Historical Society, which loaned the museum a $32,000 pen collection. He says he believes financial problems began in 2012 when Cross Pen Co. purchased the Sheaffer pen line. Andrews says the museum didn't receive funding after the ownership change.
   The board is in negotiations with Cross Pen to determine where the pen collections will go.

Powered by Frankly