After collecting pencils for over 50 years, a local resident and member of the Anderson Public Library has displayed just a small portion of her collection at the library so others can remember the past.
Beatrice Williams started collecting pencils back in 1964 after her father passed away. Pencils, particularly the ones her father gave her from his auto garage, held a special regard with her.
Over the years, she visited many places around the country, and wherever she went, she would ask if they had any pencils with a name of the place or business she could take home. Many others were given to her from friends and relatives. Even a special set was hand carved by her grandson.
Soon, her collection grew with pencils from local business to far flung vacation spots. Her collection includes pencils from a large portion of history, many showing change right here in Anderson County.
A small selection of her nearly 2200 pencil collection is on display at the Anderson Public Library. It can be viewed when entering the library from the parking lot entrance and will be on display until the end of July.