Still Exciting

Museums often share parts of their collection with other institutions upon request. Of course there are rules and regulations, standards to follow, and logistics to coordinate (shipping, insurance, text panels, etc).This loan agreement process makes exhibitions more exciting for recurring visitors. Plus the institutions involved have the best intention for the selected object to be featured in a special way …

Flip-flops and flower gardens

March has arrived and we spent time earlier this month removing the wintertime scenarios from the Great House.  If you came to see us for our Christmastide program or any time over the holiday season, you saw the main house set up for a holiday party and displaying scenes of everyday wintertime life.  Silhouette-cutting in the Dining Room Closet and fresh laundry …

Country houses…in England and Wales

  Throughout the month of July, I had the good fortune to be able to travel in England and northern Wales as part of the Attingham Summer School, a study program run by The Attingham Trust.*  My classmates included architectural historians, curators, conservators, and preservationists from around the world (Russia, Australia, Switzerland, India, etc.).  For three weeks we traversed the …

Summer Projects and Interpretation

As you can see in the last five blog entries, we have been very busy at Stratford Hall this summer. Projects are underway in the Southwest Outbuilding, Slave Quarters, and Kitchen. Extensive research and investigations are in progress for the Historic Structure Report (HSR) and Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI). So, now what? Two areas greatly impacted by the projects are …

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?

  Well, there may not be anything stewing on the coals (yet!), but the kitchen is getting a makeover! I’m Brenda Hornsby Heindl, summer intern and recent graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and I’m reassessing the furnishings, room use, and interpretation of the Southeast Dependency/Kitchen building. After researching the restoration of the space in the early …

Fall finds its way into the Historic Area

  The beautiful gold, red, and orange leaves are, well, falling at Stratford Hall (which is keeping our grounds crew very busy!).  In the Historic Area we made a switch into Fall mode this morning – we put away the figs, pomegranates, and plums and pulled out the apples and oysters. Fireplaces in the Great House are now fully stocked …