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The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775

Guest blog post by David F. Wood, Curator, Concord Museum. The Shot Heard Round the World:  April 19, 1775 will be on view at the Concord Museum through September 21, 2014. 

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world”

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote this famous stanza, he was referring specifically to events that occurred at Concord’s North Bridge on April 19, 1775.… Read More

A Visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

On a recent blustery, cold, and snow-showery day, my husband and I had a chance to visit the Barnes Foundation in its new location in Philadelphia. Located near the Franklin Institute, the building is just a stone’s throw away from the newly renovated Rodin Museum, and a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Due to the small size and popularity of the Barnes Foundation, visitors are encouraged to schedule their visit in advance.… Read More

The Puzzle of the Royal Artillery Pouch: A Relic of the Revolutionary War

You never know what you will find while doing research. In November 2010, I was at the Arlington Historical Society, studying the events of April 19th, 1775 that sparked the Revolutionary war in America. The Museum Director asked me if I was interested in seeing a British belt which had purportedly been taken on April 19th during the British retreat through West Cambridge, MA (now the city of Arlington). As soon as she opened the box, I realized it was not a belt, but a Royal Artillery cartridge pouch flap and strap, missing the leather pouch, wooden cartridge block, and brass insignia.… Read More

Fine Art Fakes & Forgeries: A Visit to a New Springfield Museums Exhibit

In 2006, the documentary film Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? introduced the general public to the Byzantine process of authenticating works of art. Not surprisingly, this is a subject that hits close to home, as my colleagues in the Skinner American & European Works of Art department and I spend a tremendous amount of time researching works of art and reaching out to authentication experts. Since the release of that film, things have only become more complex in this high-stakes and highly litigious world.… Read More

A Chance to See Stunning Studio Furniture at Fuller Craft Museum

Guest post by Michael McMillan, Curatorial Assistant, Fuller Craft Museum

The Fuller Craft Museum is brimming with excitement as we have recently launched this year’s biggest exhibition: Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State. We are proud to present this furniture show as our contribution to the paramount Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, a collaboration that unites eleven institutions in a celebration of furniture-making in the Bay State.… Read More

Creating Furniture Masterworks

Guest post by Joshua W. Lane, Curator of Furniture, Historic Deerfield

As the calendar sprints full speed ahead to September 28th, the opening day of Historic Deerfield’s exhibition, Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts, I am busy readying this display of furniture that explores western Massachusetts’ first 150 years of furniture-making. With 58 objects drawn from Historic Deerfield’s collections, the objects in this exhibition exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history and the emergence of a national identity. … Read More

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions and Events

Skinner is proud to provide financial underwriting and in-kind support for exhibitions presented as part of this landmark project.

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture unites eleven institutions in an unprecedented collaboration highlighting Massachusetts furniture making, from the 1600s to the present day, through a series of craft demonstrations, workshops, symposia, lectures, and much more. Now through Spring 2015, there are a multitude of exhibitions and events organized by participating institutions.… Read More

Skinner Provides Special Support for Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture Exhibitions

BOSTON, Mass. – September 13, 2013Skinner, Inc. is proud to announce its sponsorship of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture. Through the sponsorship, Skinner is providing financial underwriting as well as in-kind support for the exhibitions presented by the participating institutions in the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project, including the Concord Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Peabody Essex Museum.… Read More

Massachusetts Furniture: The Life and Times of Cabinetmaker William Munroe

Guest blog post by David Wood, Curator, Concord Museum

I’ve spent a good part of the last year working on the exhibit: The Best Workman in the Shop:  Cabinetmaker William Munroe of Concord, and during my research I’ve gained insight into Munroe’s accomplishments as well as his frustrations.

William Munroe’s account books and autobiography give an inside look at the life of an apprentice cabinetmaker in Federal Boston that can be found nowhere else.… Read More

Crowdsourcing a Collection: Local Voices and Stories at the Concord Museum

Over the last six months, as part of the Concord Museum’s 125th anniversary exhibition, Crowdsourcing a Collection, local citizens, historians, teachers, artists, public servants, sister institutions, and five voices from Concord’s past have chosen objects from the Museum’s collection that held meaning for them. Their responses are varied, but all are history in the first person.