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Tours at Historic St. John’s Church West Hartford
The sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church (679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford) will be open for self-guided tours on Sunday, September 9, between Noon and 3 pm. Guided tours, led by Douglas Hyland, Director Emeritus of the New Britain Museum of American Art, take place at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Featured are a 1909 neo-Gothic building designed by famed architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, sculptures crafted by the noted Lee Lawrie, 32 stained glass windows from important makers including James Powell and Sons of London, England, and an Austin organ with 3,721 pipes in 64 ranks.
For more information please visit www.sjparish.net.
A Connecticut Curator in the President’s House: Susan P. Schoelwer Presentation at Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., Schoelwer will regale an audience with, “Mount Vernon: A Connecticut Curator in the President’s House,” at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum (WDS). The free event in the Webb Barn will be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.
During her presentation, Schoelwer will reflect on some of the challenges of curating America’s most iconic historic house, and how her experiences in Connecticut had unexpected connections to the home of the nation’s first president. The daunting responsibilities range from telling a more inclusive story about life at Mount Vernon—including more about Martha and the children who grew up there—to hanging paintings and curtains without adding nail holes to original woodwork or walls (nothing is square). She also initiated the site’s first major exhibition on slavery, “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.”
Schoelwer is the Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Prior to joining Mount Vernon, Schoelwer directed the museum collections at the Connecticut Historical Society, where she edited and authored landmark volumes on Connecticut Furniture, tavern signs, and needlework. Her “Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family, 1740-1840” garnered the 2011 Connecticut Book Prize for Non-Fiction.
Schoelwer holds a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University, an M.A. from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware, and a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame. She currently serves as president of the Decorative Arts Society, Inc. and has written and lectured extensively on the Washingtons and Mount Vernon, Connecticut art and material culture, needlework, and women’s history.
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