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Gallery Workshop

February 13, 10:30am

 

Joe Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections, will conduct a gallery workshop on the exhibition Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking. The session will begin in the Discovery Room with a general introduction to the production of chairs throughout the Garden State. Then a comprehensive tour of the exhibit in the Washington Gallery will focus in detail on the four sections devoted to the Craft of Chairmaking, Windsor Chairs, Common Chairs, and Factory-Made Chairs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to examine closely the items on display, and to learn about the varied types of seating furniture produced by craftsmen working in all parts of New Jersey. The workshop affords participants the opportunity to study items not normally available to the public together in one setting. The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes. 

Advance registration reqired. $10 per person.

To make your reservation call 732-462-1466 x11 or email pgithens@monmouthhistory.org. 

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Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking 
 

December 12, 2015 - July 9, 2016

At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold

Opening Reception Saturday, March 5, 2016 2pm-4pm

This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century. This was an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the state, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Many local craftsmen in the New Jersey  area are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians. Examples of documented New Jersey chairs show the range of seating furniture produced in the area. The chairs selected from the exhibition are accompanied by chairmaking tools and equipment drawn from the collection of William H. MacDonald of Trenton, which was given to the Association in 1958 and later. Other items in the exhibition include portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs.
 
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Beautiful Childhood:

Portraits From The Permanent Collection 

Extended Thru 

February 2016

At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold

 

This exhibition features portraits of children shown in various stages of development from toddlers to teenagers from the Museum's own collection of eighteenth century art.

These portraits from middle and upper-class Monmouth County families served as pictorial records of family history as well as mementos of childhood. The works on display reveal how girls and boys were portrayed within the context of the time. Clothing and objects such as jewelry, flowers, or books offer clues as to gender and socioeconomic status and the various ways in which parents wished to commemorate their children during these special years. 

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Carol Lowrey.

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