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The Mill, by Wendy Ketchum
July 9th through July 26th. Local artist, Wendy Ketchum, has created an intriguing series of woodcut monoprints based on 19th century New England textile mills. Her exhibit will open at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery on July 9.
The series was inspired by her love of history, 19th century photographs and the “many long rows of massive brick buildings” that dot the New England landscape. Her meticulous technique combines with her subject matter in a series of poignant pictures relating to the history of the “Mill Girls.” The work is inspired by old photographs of mill workers, as well as actual patterns made from fabrics created at the mills.
Join us for a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, July 9th from 5 to 7 pm. Ketchum will also host a “conversation” about the “Mill Girls” and their place in our history on Saturday, July 16 at 9:30 am.
Ketchum’s artist statement best describes The Mill, a project that has taken her several years to complete: “In the years between 1830 and 1860 tens of thousands of young single women were recruited to leave their family farms in northern New England to seek social and economic independence through employment in the textile mills. Despite the yoke of corporate paternalism, millwork put a new kind of power into women’s hands economically, providing them with the highest wages offered to female employees anywhere in the US at the time.
Coming from farms where time was dependent on the seasons, the “mill girls,” as they were called, were faced with the tyranny of the bell and clock tower dictating every minute of their working day. The cotton that fed the mills was grown and processed by slave labor in the American South, and a portion of it was woven by mill girls into coarse cloth to clothe those very slaves creating a closed circle of labor. Many of the mill girls became ardent abolitionists, in addition to becoming labor reform activists fighting for better working conditions through walkouts, mass rallies, strikes, and the creation of one of the first labor reform leagues in the country.
The exhibit will be on view through July 26th. The gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday and Monday, if the door is open, come on in. www.patricialaddcaregagallery.com, 603 284-7728
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Save the Notch Campaign. As it was in the 1970s, the debate of conservation versus use and development remains at the forefront of discussions regarding the wilds of, not only New Hampshire, but many areas of the world. In our small corner, we have decided to highlight the persistence of our community to persuade those with the power to preserve the Sandwich Notch for future generations.
Our seasonal exhibit can be seen in the Elisha Marston House, Barn & Gift Shop, which will be open on June 25 from 10 AM - 3 PM. Don't forget to check out the Gift Shop and all the new items!
Elisha Marston House Reimagined: If you're new to Sandwich or the area or you have not visited us in a few years, this summer is a great opportunity to see what our Collections team, led by our Museum and Collections Coordinator - Lauren Hansen - have been up to! Lauren shares, "The last two years of quarantine and limited visitors have allowed us to do some thinking on more than just conservation.
We have had some significant acquisitions in recent years, so we decided to rearrange some rooms throughout the house. Some objects have been on display for many years. It was with this in mind that we put some to bed for a rest, brought out some to say hello, and are highlighting those who have recently joined "our family." Visit, and see if you can spot all of the changes we have made!
Special Events 12 ~ 3pm
The fun and special events continue at the Quimby Barn & Transportation Museum which will be open from 12 - 3 PM. Outside we will have live demonstrations of traditional arts and our artisans include:
Tina Greenfield, from Rensselaer, New York, will be sharing her skills in decorative painting, often known as “tole” painting. It is the folk tradition of embellishing household utilitarian objects with surface paint to transform that object into one of beauty. Ms. Greenfield has been painting in this style on wood and metal for close to thirty years, and has received both regional and national recognition for her work. Her pieces have been shown at the Library of Congress and the White House, as well as at several New England conventions in this field.
Suzanne Weil will be creating pottery on the wheel during the afternoon. Ms. Weil makes functional stoneware pottery in Sandwich, NH, and teaches writing at Plymouth State University. Her appreciation of the rich historical pottery tradition in Sandwich, and the simplicity and integrity of pots made for everyday use, inspires her work.
Corey Slater, from Ashland, NH, is a pack basket weaver. He will be showing and creating backpack baskets out of traditional materials. His backpacks are especially loved among mushroom collectors. Mr. Slater learned the craft from his father who has been teaching the craft in the Adirondack Mountain range for over twenty years. He focuses on making backpack baskets; however, he creates a variety of other basket forms as well.
We will also be commemorating the 10-year anniversary of moving the Quimby Barn to its present location as well as a special dedication of the Slade Room (which houses our Concord Coach). This special event will be held at 1:00 PM. Denison R. Slade's family gave the Concord Coach to the town of Sandwich. ~ Denison Slade was a benefactor and friend to the town, and his only request was that the Concord Coach have a proper storage space.
In 2012, after almost one hundred years of being stored in various barns and sheds in Sandwich, and a lengthy sojourn in Meredith at the Pinnacle Park Zoo and return to Sandwich in 1939, the Sandwich Historical Society and the Alfred Quimby Fund trustees finally provided “A Proper Room” for the Coach’s storage and preservation. Help us commemorate this special 10-year anniversary since the Quimby Barn was moved across Maple Street to its new home and rebirth as the Quimby Barn Transportation Museum.
We will also have the grill fired up outside the Quimby Barn!
Grange Hall will be open 12 - 3 PM. Come see our rare 19th century curtain painting of Mount Israel located on the upper level. Stop by and help us celebrate our season opening! We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, June 25!
Summer hours at the Elisha Marston Museum, Barn and Gift Shop will be Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, from Saturday, June 25 to Saturday, September 3. The Quimby Transportation Museum will be open every Saturday from 10:00 - 2:00 PM. Our other buildings will be open during Old Home Week. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website: http://www.sandwichhistorical.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back by popular demand, Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s own Shakespeare company, is excited to announce the 2022 Midsummer Magic Fundraising Benefit- Midsummer Magic returns. Attendees at last year's event all had the same response, "This was so much fun! You're doing this again next year right?" So this year, the magic returns... with some new tricks.
This year, join ATTP’s midsummer fairies on June 25th from 5-7pm as they flit through the Sandwich Fair Grounds, weaving their story (and causing mischief.) With new and returning actors, this event is not one to miss! Since this is a fundraiser, tickets are available at different donation levels, pods of up to 6 people can choose their donation level to reserve their spot. Tickets will be available starting June 1st at advicetotheplayers.org. Reservations are encouraged, however groups can also pay at the Quimby Field road gate of the Sandwich Fairgrounds with cash or check. This family friendly event will delight patrons of all ages.
In case you missed this magical event last year, in the evening groups can drive or walk through the Sandwich Fairgrounds immersed in an Enchanted Midsummer Experience. Driving pods can go through any time between 5:00 and 5:30, and walking pods can go through any time between 5:30 and 7:00. Groups do not need to sign up for a specific time slot, this is a change from last year. As groups make their way through the grounds, they will be greeted, hoodwinked, and serenaded by characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The experience lasts about 15-20 minutes- or longer if your group members are really into the crafts and photo booth possibilities. ATTP’s even expanded the crafts, photo booth, and the raffle- this event is fun for the whole family!
On June 25th, the Foothills Cafe and Curio will donate a portion of their proceeds to support ATTP, after families have had their fun at the Midsummer Magic Benefit and show their magic ticket vines from the event. The proceeds from this event will support ATTP’s teaching artists who run our Shakesperience Camp in July.
Advice To The Players is a unique company of theater professionals, enthusiastic community members and energetic teens that have been performing Shakespeare and offering workshops in the Lakes and White Mountains Regions of New Hampshire since 1999. Based in Sandwich, ATTP has spent the last 23 years bringing award-winning productions of William Shakespeare’s richly passionate plays to life while introducing new generations to live theatre.
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