Due to the inclement weather, the Arden Craft Shop Museum will be closed tonight, Wednesday, March 21. Please join us when we reopen this Sunday at 1pm.
Interested in learning more about ACSM's photographic collection and how to find the images you're looking for? Please join us for a FREE workshop on Wednesday, March 28th, at 7:30pm at the museum. We will discuss our collection and the best ways to search for photographs in our on-line database. Please feel free to bring your laptop and any questions you may have!
On March 10, the Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee prepared a wonderful crab cake feast for the Dinner Gild's Saturday night community dinner.
Linda Toman took the lead organizing and planning the menu, shopping, and dividing up the tasks for preparation to make dinner for 145 people.
Everyone participated and we had a great time while doing it. Everyone loved the crab cakes, herb-roasted potatoes, Asian fusion salad, zesty carrots, and apple-blueberry pizza.
It was all delicious!
Archives handed out a short survey about the Arden Craft Shop Museum and got back 48 responses from the packed house. We will review them at our next meeting.
Thanks also to Barbara Macklem for her kind donation of 26 tiny ceramic houses that we used to decorate the tables to call attention to our current museum exhibition, "Finding a Home in the Ardens: Camps, Cottages and Castles.” Someone at each table was randomly selected to take home the little house on their table. Everyone seemed to be thrilled to take home their very own houses!
Thanks to all the helpers and cooks: Linda Toman, Allan Kleban, Maria Burslem, Pat Morrison, Melissa Parsonson, Barbara Macklem, Elaine Hickey, Hans Francke, and Sadie Somerville.
Linda Toman showing the Archives committee cooks what she wants them to prepare. Right to Left: Elaine Hickey, Maria Burslem,
Allan Keban, Melissa Parsonson, Hans Francke, Linda Toman
Barbara Macklem and I were attendees at this year’s Small Museum Association Conference held in College Park, MD over Presidents' Day weekend. Our former ACSM curator, Kelsey Ransick, was one of the Small Museum Association’s coordinators, and she reported that they had the largest turnout yet – some 250 museum representatives.
Also part of the ACSM contingent were Liz Jones-Minsinger, our current ACSM Curator; Robin MacDonald, ACSM Inc.’s newest board member, Arden Archives volunteer, and former curator; and Sharon Hess, our recent Summer Intern from the University of Delaware Museum Studies Program.
After attending this conference for 6 years, our ACSM team has made connections with many other museum professionals, and learned museum best practices, conservation skills, and many other important and useful tools for our tiny spot here in the Ardens.
Each year we come back inspired with new and exciting ideas to apply to the Arden Craft Shop Museum. We may be small, but our history and collections are important and increasingly recognized by a much larger audience.
Clockwise from upper left: Barbara Macklem, Liz Jones-Minsinger, Sadie Somerville, Kelsey Ransick, and Robin MacDonald
Two images from the Arden Archives Photographic Collection are featured in a new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.
The centerpiece of "Eye on the Iconic: Honus Wagner and Sports Memorabilia" is an incredibly rare 1909-11 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card. The exhibit also highlights images and objects related to American baseball history.
The exhibit includes a photograph of Margaret Stephens Ware at bat and a group picture of the Arden Women's Baseball Team, both taken in the early twentieth century.
The exhibit is open from March 9 to June 17, 2018.
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