DIORAMAS

We have all encountered dioramas either while visiting a museum or in a classroom setting. Perhaps you didn’t realize there was a term for such a display. It’s even fun to say… DIORAMA!   The word diorama can refer to a three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, and other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting …

A Learning Experience

When I first started working in the Visitor Center I was amazed at how many visitors were descendants of the Lees. We get several folks each month who are somehow related to this great family. Once in a while guests with other ties to Stratford will come to visit. The story of Richard Mynatt is a great example. Some members …

A project of a different kind

Stratford Hall is still cleaning up from the major weather/natural events of the last month. With the exception of a crooked painting and swinging chandeliers (and a few rattled nerves), Stratford Hall did not experience any real lasting impact from the earthquake on August 23rd, 2011. Hurricane Irene did leave a lasting mark. In the days leading up to the …

Greetings from AASLH!

  The 2011 AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) Annual Meeting is being held in Richmond, only an hour from Stratford Hall. This proximity made it possible for me (Abigail Newkirk, Director of Interpretation and Education) and Gretchen Goodell (Curator) to attend. This year the theme isCommemoration: The Promise of Remembrance and New Beginnings. Attending conferences is an …

Visitor Center Exhibits Get a Facelift

Gretchen reports: The Lees of Stratford Gallery has received an update, with the final touches completed just this past Friday. We are very excited to be able to bring new interpretive information and objects into the gallery, which will hopefully please both new and returning visitors. The update includes new object label text with more stories about the Lees and …

Visitor Center project

As some of you may know, we are embarking on a comprehensive campaign. One piece of this campaign involves redoing our current visitor center (and building on to it) to make it more visitor-friendly. Building a new visitor center is a daunting task, and we’re beginning to visit area historic sites to get ideas and to see what everyone else …