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New Exhibition Now Open in our Second Floor Galleries
During the mid-nineteenth century, as Americans became increasingly interested in their country’s rise to nationhood, depictions of historical events such as the Battle of Monmouth became popular with audiences throughout the eastern United States. Artists––professional and amateur alike––responded by creating drawings, paintings, and prints that brought the battle to life.
This exhibition features a range of interpretations, from grand manner history painting and pictorial records of a documentary nature to scenes of romance, fantasy, drama, and outright caricature––all of which, whether grounded in fact or fiction, helped shape our awareness of what the American historian Benson J. Lossing (1813–91) described as “that memorable Sabbath-day in June, 1778.”
Guest Curator - Carol Lowrey, PhD Curator of Museum Collections - Joseph W. Hammond
Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking
Held Over Through August 9, 2016
At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold
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.
In this exhibition, examples of documented New Jersey chairs show the range of seating furniture produced in the area. The chairs 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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Updated 29 June, 2016
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