Designing Women: The Colonial Revival at Shelburne Museum Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Southern Vermont Arts Center Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
A cultural movement as well as an architectural and decorating style during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Colonial Revival was inspired by a romantic veneration of America’s past. At Shelburne Museum this manifested in the development of a 45-acre campus populated with buildings and objects ranging from hatboxes to furniture, installed in period rooms and galleries meant to inspire visitors to recall a collective colonial past. This talk will survey the relationships between three early Colonial Revival collectors – Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and two of her important advisors, Lillian Baker Carlisle and Katherine Prentis Murphy – and investigate the ways that these three intelligent, innovative, head-strong women ultimately shaped larger trends in how we have come to collect, interpret, and understand American antiques and material culture.
A Woman Ain’t I – The Story of Sojourner Truth Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Recreating the remarkable life of famous escaped slave Sojourner Truth, Kathryn Woods memorializes one of the most significant figures in American history. Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, suffragist. This program joins Sojourner Truth at the end of her life. She recalls her early days as a slave, details her relationship with God, and shares poignant stories of her days walking through this land, using her own words, speeches and songs.