On Saturday, September 22, the New Hampshire Historical Society will participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day ticket. New Hampshire Historical Society is not the only organization in NH participating, so if you’ve already been to the New Hampshire Historical Society check out the other options Tickets are now available online!
Most of you who know me well know that one of my favorite artists is Vincent van Gogh. I know it is common to hear that now, but I don’t just love his work, his work influenced and informed my style, much of my color choice, and my use of marks. I enjoy how his vision could make the ordinary seem exceptional. His paintings and drawings never fail to hold me. I’ll never have the talent he had, but I’m glad he made such a big impact on my art and I’m thankful his work helps me express myself. Almost a thousand Vincent van Gogh paintings & drawings have now been digitized and are online to explore. Follow the link to the Van Gogh Museum.
Nothing has shown how balance in the garden makes the best sense than this growing season. We started off dry, with lots of sun. Then switched to damp, even waterlogged, with little sun. As a result, most things have not had the conditions they love to thrive. I’ve had many plants suffer poor blooming and many things have developed blights, fungal outbreaks, or other problems. Many weeds this year too. Too many for my tastes. Here’s what I’ve captured since the solstice. Enjoy the gallery!
Recently, the Farmington Historical Society received yet another priceless gift from a community member. Long time, local resident and active community volunteer, Dottie Bean gave a varied collection of Farmington Town Reports and Farmington School District Reports.
The town reports in the gift lot range from the mid-fifties to current years, the very decades the collection currently needs to acquire to have a complete set from the 1870’s through the early 21st century. Even if we come up short on more than a few years, this moves us much closer to that goal. Also, though fewer in number, the donated Farmington School District Reports are greatly appreciated as the society has so few representations in the collection.
This donation will add to the museum exhibits for culture, schools, buildings, businesses, and notable persons, as well as providing some information on births, deaths, and town statistics which can be invaluable for genealogy work. The donated items are in very good condition, which even if duplicated, will allow us to choose the best copies for archiving in the collection for posterity.
It is with donations like this that the society is able to continue to build and diversify documentation for the historical record and further develop understanding of our town and those who lived in it before us. We are extremely thankful for this gift from Dottie and welcome the opportunity to protect these historical treasures.
Members of the community have been so generous this year I hate to ask for anything else, but this is an important plea. Class photo cards and year books are terribly important markers for not only the people in them, but as representations for each generation and for the decade they are created in. We don’t have many class photo cards or yearbooks in the museum collection. As people pass on they are often thrown away or stored, never to be seen again. Every one we get has tremendous cultural value and increases what we know about our community.. If you can part with them we would love to have them as part of the permanent museum collection.
Kyle Leach, Curator
Farmington NH Historical Society
Museum of Farmington History
I could not be any happier with these two paintings! When I started out I wanted to represent light and color connected together in a much more blended, organic, way than that of a kaleidoscope. I thought rainbow and reflection, like holiday lights or flowers in a garden in front of the sun viewed through an unclear lens. I think all that came through. They remind me of those things, but also nebulae and dye colored microbes or cell structure viewed under a microscope. These are acrylic and ink over metallic acrylic. The subsurface is plaster impression on canvas.
Excerpt about the collections:
The Thomas J. Watson Library is a world-renowned research collection with over 900,000 volumes. It is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s central research library, and its mission is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of scholars. Holdings reflect the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, with emphasis on European and American art, architecture, and decorative arts, ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, and Islamic art, as well as an extensive collection of clippings and other ephemera relating to the Museum’s history.
The primary mission of the Watson Library Digitization Initiative is to expand access to the Library’s rare and unique materials by developing, supporting, and promoting a distinctive digital collection of these items.
The initiative will target materials that fall outside the parameters of other major digitization efforts, such as Google Books or the Internet Archive, and make them accessible to support the scholarly endeavors of Metropolitan Museum of Art staff and an international community of researchers.