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Remembering Jack Evans

The Mansion lost a very dear long-time friend and supporter in John J. Evans III (Jack), who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 16. Originally from Lancaster, Pa.,  Jack attended the Lawrenceville School, where he met his future wife of 67 years, Noreen Blakely. Jack later graduated from Wesleyan University and the [...]

2019-02-22T12:32:28-05:00February 22, 2019|Blog, News|

Conservation Upkeep: The Dining Room Ceiling

While strides are being made in our major projects, we also have smaller upkeep projects in the planning for the off-season. Last conserved and restored in the late 1980's, some may have noticed the tromp l'oeil decoration on the Dining Room ceiling has exhibited paint loss and flaking for some time. This month, conservation staff [...]

2019-02-22T12:57:08-05:00February 18, 2019|Blog, News|

Conserving the Mansion’s Magnificent Gasoliers

With the excitement of the Christmas season now behind us, Mansion staff shifts focus to the two major conservation projects in the Reception Room and the Parlor. One recent advancement was the re-installation of the Reception Room's gasolier (originally gas-powered lighting fixture), and the de-installation of the Parlor's. The Reception Room's remarkable 250 lb. gasolier, comprised of [...]

2019-02-22T12:54:09-05:00February 18, 2019|Blog, News|

Love is in the Archives: Details on a Mansion Wedding Rediscovered

As part of a larger project to move and rehouse portions of the Mansion's archives, Director of Education Stacia Hanscom recently happened upon an article written around 1967 by Maine Historian and long-time friend and supporter of the Mansion, Earle Shettleworth Jr. The short article documents the reminiscence of Alice Libby Brown, the youngest daughter [...]

2019-02-22T12:43:09-05:00February 14, 2019|Blog, News|

‘Unpacking’ the Parlor: A Cupid by Any Other Name

As we remove and rehouse the Parlor's schematic furniture and furnishings, those rotund, infantile figures adorning the room's walls and ceilings become all the more apparent. Most visitors to the Mansion immediately recognize all the room's figures as "cherubs"- those angelic, winged and usually haloed unearthly abettors to God. Though we know these figures to [...]

2019-02-25T08:52:30-05:00February 13, 2019|Blog, News|

Special Offer from Portland Stage for Mansion Members January 31, 2019

The Mansion is teaming up with our friends at Portland Stage to offer a $5 discount* exclusively for Victoria Mansion members to the January 31st performance of  The Importance of Being Earnest.   The night will include a pre-show reception at 6:30 with VM Executive Director Tom Johnson and Portland Stage's Artistic Director, Anita Stewart as they lend perspective [...]

2019-01-14T16:05:24-05:00January 14, 2019|Blog, News|

Conservation Ramps Up in the Off Season

For the first time in Mansion's history, there are two major interior conservation projects happening concurrently. In the Reception Room, conservators have completed the conservation of the magnificent gasolier (originally a gas-powered lighting fixture), which will be reinstalled in the room in the coming weeks. Planning continues to restore the room's original textiles, including the teal and [...]

2019-01-14T15:57:38-05:00January 14, 2019|Blog, News|

The Numbers Are In! Recapping Christmas at Victoria Mansion: Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes

We are pleased to report the Mansion enjoyed a very healthy 2018-2019 holiday season overall. Evening events Night of the Nutcracker and A Taste & Tipple with Mr. Dickens enjoyed sold out crowds and over 360 people visited the Mansion for the First Friday Art Walk on December 7 alone. We ended the Christmas season with an overall 14% [...]

2019-01-14T14:46:41-05:00January 14, 2019|Blog, News|

Rarely-Seen Collections Items on Display 

Over the years, Victoria Mansion has been presented with a number of objects that, while not original to the house, are typical of what upper-class Victorian families in Portland such as the Morses and the Libbys might have used to accent their interiors. Usually kept in storage and not normally on view, the following objects [...]

2018-12-14T09:58:51-05:00December 14, 2018|Blog, News|