Wednesday, November 23rd
Sunday, November 25th
Sunday, January 1st
The Arden Craft Shop Museum will be closed on the following days:
Wednesday, November 23rd
Sunday, November 25th
Sunday, January 1st
We found some fun information in the October 23, 1908 edition of the Arden Club Talk! The newsletter’s banner lists what the Arden Club does including: "Theatricals, Esperanto, Economics, Dancing, Singing, Camp Fires, Club Room, Athletics, Library, and Piano."
The headline for this issue is Reorganization [of the Arden Club]. It gives a brief account of what has been done since the end of the summer season. (Note that most of Arden’s early Residents were only here in the summer months.) It reads:
This is to say that the Arden Club has been reorganized, a constitution adopted and mark this, made a permanent all-the- year-round, always on-the- job organization.
Articles of the Club’s constitution follow this declaration, describing how the organization will be organized and run. Founders decided that a $3.00 member fee would be charged, urging:
You will all agree that the season of 1908 was a great success; more so than the previous one. Well, let’s all start now to make 1909 outshine it. Your executive committee has been busy. Arrangements have been made to maintain winter quarters for use of resident and visiting members. The front room of the Red House [the current Arden Craft Shop Museum…will...have a stove installed, wood bought and books donated for a library.
Visiting members will always find it warm and comfortable for them on Sundays and holidays and materials will always be on hand for making it so at any other time.
The biggest thing ahead of the Club now is a large permanent clubhouse to be erected…just south of the tennis court.
Visit the Arden Craft Shop Museum’s new exhibition “There’s A Gild For That!” to see more about the history of the Club and its Gilds.
The ACSM is pleased to announce our 2016 Annual Fall Exhibition, THERE’S A GILD FOR THAT! will open Sunday, October 23rd.
The exhibition will celebrate the many and varied gilds found in the Ardens during our history, as well as a look at those which are currently part of the community.
The wealth of experiences found in the gild tradition has grown and developed over the years. There are some which have remained essentially the same since their beginning and others which have morphed into new groups with similar, but slightly different themes and goals. Some have disappeared altogether, while contemporary groups have caught the enthusiasm of fresh ideas and created new gilds to serve a new population.
The Ardens have a strong and enthusiastic tradition of creativity and community action and the Gilds have been both a witness and a window into the life of the villages since the beginning.
We invite you to celebrate that tradition on October 23rd from 1-3 PM at the Arden Craft Shop Museum. We look forward to seeing you at THERE’S A GILD FOR THAT!
The museum will be undergoing a sidewalk improvement project next week, so the museum will be closed on Wednesday, August 10. The museum will be open as usual by Sunday, August 14.
The ACSM is excited to announce that we will have an intern from the University of Delaware this summer! Our intern, Liz Jones-Minsinger, is working toward her PhD in history and will be joining us for our Photographic Collection Project.
The 2016 Photographic Collection Project involves inventorying, rehousing, describing, and scanning the Arden Archives Photographic Collection and making it available to the public. As time allows, additional photographic collections may be added, including the Ardensingers Collection, the Slide Collection, and various photo albums.
The Arden Archives Photographic Collection is a collaboratively amassed collection from the villages of the Ardens (Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft). The subjects include village residents, homes and other buildings, theatre, festivals and other events, and more. Because the collection is still accreting materials, the project will make plans and design procedures for future additions to the collection.
The most exciting part is that at the end of the project, a large portion of the ACSM's photographs will be searchable online!
Throughout the year, many different groups and gilds have helped the Museum with our celebration on the current exhibition – Authors of the Ardens. On Sunday, May 15th , the Ardensingers capped this event-filled year with a rousing performance of Grubb’s Corner, an operetta with lyrics by Frank Stephens set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Stephens wrote the piece to tell the story behind all the groups involved in the settlement of this area, although it contains only a little actual history – it is mainly all about the music. The operetta debuted in 1932 and was last performed around 1992. There are Quakers, Swedes, Dutch, English, pirates, and Native Americans all mixed together in the story. Fortunately the Ardensingers provided identifying signs so each group could be recognized!
The Ardensingers gave a splendid performance full of energy and enthusiasm. Although they were packed into the Museum galleries they did not let that hindered their efforts. The audience really appreciated all the hard work and all the splendid music. Many thanks to the Ardensingers for their performance – they made one of our most well known authors come alive. Frank Stephens would have loved it!
A number Arden Craft Shop Museum volunteers hosted a group of visitors from Rose Valley, PA in May. The group, called the Rose Tree Gardeners, was keen to see the beautiful gardens of the Ardens and learn more about the rich history of arts and crafts in the villages.
The group visited five private gardens and four public gardens despite the rain that persisted throughout the day. They ended their tour at the Arden Craft Shop Museum, where we hope they warmed up and learned much about the history of the Ardens.
On a most beautiful sunny Sunday, the Arden Archives Committee sponsored an Afternoon with the Artist with guest artist Susan Benarcik as part of our Authors of the Ardens program series.
Susan showed a collection of her works of art--both surface designs and sculpture--that were inspired by or actually made from pages of books. She demonstrated how to make an accordion book with a little paper, glue, and creativity.
Some of her own books were on display, including a couple tiny "book houses" made from old pages of a book with its cover functioning as the roof. She also displayed snap books, photo albums, and tiny 1" x 1" happy birthday accordion books tied neatly with a bow.
Susan received her B.F.A. from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She is a native Delawarean, but she lived and worked as an artist for nearly 20 years before moving back home to Delaware.
Her art work is deeply rooted in horticulture and environmental design. She was recently awarded an exhibition of her multi media works with the Delaware Division of the Arts in Wilmington Delaware. She is active at the Highlands Art Garage on 17th St in Wilmington, where they hold exhibits and do classes and workshops in art.
The Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives Committee Presents:
An Afternoon with the Artist
Celebrating our exhibition Authors of the Ardens
Demonstration on Making Books
and Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm
At the Arden Craft Shop Museum
Refreshments will be served.
Susan will demonstrate how to make a book by hand and what materials you would need to make your own. An exhibition of her own art, which incorporates paper and text, will also be on display.
Arden Craft Shop Museum
1807-A Millers Road
Arden , DE 19810
Museums came from all over to share the love, at Museums Amore, the 32nd Annual Small Museum Association conference held in Ocean City, MD this February.
Arden Craft Shop Museum and Archives committee members Sadie Somerville and Barbara Macklem and our curator, Kelsey Ransick, attended the small museum conference along with more than 250 other museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums.
Kelsey was a presenter for one of this year's sessions based on her newly published book Free and Easy Website Design for Museums and Historic Sites.
Barbara and Sadie attended numerous sessions on topics from building your own museum displays to grant writing workshop and collaborating with other small museums. It was inspiring and exciting to meet other small museum folks who have so many great ideas to share with us. We have plans for new programs to be held at the ACSM!
What's Happening at the ACSM
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Wednesday 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Or by appointment
1807 Millers Road
Arden, DE 19810