Conservation of the Interior: Parlor Conservation Project Reaches New Milestone

After a thorough dry-cleaning of the room's walls and ceiling, (as much of the painted decoration is water-based), the next phase of the major conservation project in the Mansion's Parlor looms near: the application of a protective barrier varnish on the original 1860's paint to protect and preserve it for decades to come. Once this [...]

2021-01-27T13:31:05-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, Conservation & Restoration, News|

Sugar and Spice, and All That’s Nice: ‘Reproof’, by Edward Russell Thaxter

Nineteenth-century American artists looked to Europe as the omphalos of culture. The painters flocked to Paris, while the sculptors migrated to Florence and Rome, where they could obtain the marble, the mentors, and the ancient models they required to fashion their neo-classical compositions. These expatriate artists chose “’ideal’ subjects—themes from literature, mythology, [...]

2021-01-23T15:21:04-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, Collections, News|

A Century of Change: School Tours in the Off-Season

While our doors may be closed to the public, we are opening the Mansion up to local schools who are taking part in our A Century of Change school curriculum.    Elementary schools from around Cumberland County have the opportunity to select from 8 lessons that look at the changes over time that created the world we now [...]

2020-03-05T10:04:49-05:00March 5, 2020|Blog, News|