The Sheaffer Pen Museum maintains over 25 different display cases and exhibits of Sheaffer writing instruments and historical memorabilia throughout the facility.
We cover the history of the Sheaffer Pen Company dating back to 1906 and forward to the present day. We have excellent examples of collectible pens from every era accompanied by advertising, ephemera, and machinery used to manufacture and sell these instruments.
We would love to have you visit our museum! Please see our hours below, and contact us if you have any questions or a large tour that would like to visit. Additionally, we have many resources on our website and will be adding more periodically for those who are unable to visit us in person.
Tim Gobble is the Executive Director for the Fort Madison Partners. His connection to Sheaffer is that his father worked at the plant here in Fort Madison, in the accounting department, from 1967- 1982. Tim, and his wife Kriisti, have two girls and have made Fort Madison their home.
Board Vice President
As a great grandson of company founder, Walter A. Sheaffer, Russell’s interest and enthusiasm for the Sheaffer Pen Museum comes naturally. Having grown up in Fort Madison, he has a deep appreciation for the community and is proud to support the preservation of a piece of the town’s rich history. He and his wife Vicki have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law, and reside in St. Paul, Minnesota where he is President of Road Machinery & Supplies Company, a distributor of Komatsu and other construction related equipment throughout the upper mid-west.
As President and CEO for Lee County Economic Development Group, Dennis is responsible for development of Lee County EDG’s strategic plan. He guides the organizations strategic efforts to assist Lee County’s existing industries and new business attraction. Dennis is a member of the Governors Empower Rural Iowa Task Force. He is a certified economic development professional with an eclectic background as a small business owner, public speaker, and a perpetually optimistic big idea guy. He’s led not one, but two economic development organizations in setting Guinness World Records. Dennis is co-host of the popular Develop This! Podcast for economic and community development professionals.
Dan was a Sheaffer Employee from 1980 to 1992. During his time at Sheaffer, he worked in Production Control; Purchasing; Logistics; and as a Manager of Sales and Marketing Support. He was lastly incharge of the “Sample” Department and setting up Trade Show exhibits.
Tim Williams, based in Paris, France is the International Distribution Manager with A T Cross for the Sheaffer and Cross brands for Russia, India and the Middle East since 2016. Tim Williams is the Former General Manager of Sheaffer 2008 – 2015, having worked in the BIC company with Sheaffer since 2000 until Sheaffer was purchased by Cross in 2014.
Sara “Jan” Garza
Jan was employed by the Sheaffer Pen Company in 1972 as a clerk in the Credit Department, and completed her career at Sheaffer as Credit Manager in 1988. Jan is currently a United Methodist minister.
The Sheaffer Pen Museum runs on volunteer power! The museum depends on generous volunteers to keep the museum running smoothly. Please call or email to learn about our volunteer opportunities.