Newsletter to Our Friends Winter 2009 • Vol. 3, no. 3
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From the Director
t Is hard tO belIeve that 2009 Is here. WIth
the turn of the calendar come the welcome feelings of
optimism and hope that always accompany a new year.
For many, the past year was certainly a trying one, and
uncertainty lingers on many fronts. We know, however, that the
national Heritage Museum
Museum can provide a place of respite and enjoyment in these newsletter, Winter 2009
stressful times. Museums always lift the spirit. With the tough
economics we all face, there is much richness to experience here, Richard V. Travis, 33°
and many of our offerings are available for free—thanks to Director, Pro-Tem
your ongoing and trusted support, and to that of the scottish sTaff
rite Masons. be sure to remind your family, friends, and neighbors that the Museum Linda Patch, Editor
anne starr, Copy Editor
offers much of value, both to its visitors and its community.
the Museum continues to please and delight visitors with our current exhibitions Designer, NonprofitDesign.com
and public programs. “augustus Frederick sherman: ellis Island Portraits, 1905–1920” ConTRibuToRs
has touched many viewers deeply, as the photographs help them connect to their own Hilary anderson stelling
Director of Exhibitions
history, and that of our nation. the exhibition warranted a full-page review on October & Collections
25, 2008 in The Boston Globe by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Mark Feeney. he called Joanne Myers
the exhibition “deeply affecting,” and characterized sherman as the unlikely bureaucrat Director of Education
& Public Programs
who became an “inadvertent artist.” Margaret smith, art critic for The MetroWest Jeff Croteau
Daily News, sees the portraits as “studies of hope, fear, bewilderment and often pride Manager of Library and Archives
aimee E. newell
in one’s place of origin and determination in one’s destination.” this is a show Curator of Collections
certainly worth visiting. Catherine swanson
as I review the offerings in this issue of the newsletter, I am struck by thoughts of
connection. the ellis Island portraits connect many of us to our family’s past and their
dreams for the future. a number of our public programs presented in conjunction with
“Keepers of tradition: art and Folk heritage In Massachusetts” will introduce you to
living artists from our local communities. a Cambodian ceramist and a master weaver Museum news sent Right
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ith over 17,000 ob-
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Many of you have been reading
the van Gorden-Williams library
& archives blog posts for the last
few months. We’re happy to report
we have expanded the blog’s focus
to cover objects from the Museum’s
collections, as well as exhibitions and
programs. From now on, both library
& archives and National heritage
Museum staff members will share
stories, information and news with
our readers. You can continue to
access our blog at http://national
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Our posts also touch on objects in the
collection that have been the focus of the story of the lovely glass bell You can also find out why James
questions or exhibition research, or pictured here is also explored on our Montgomery Flagg, known for his
that visitors have found particularly blog. It was presented by louis a. Felix famous illustration of Uncle sam, de-
compelling. For example, the engrav- (1837–1910) to the Monitor lodge signed the image for Wake Up America
ing on the front of the striking pitcher of Waltham, Massachusetts in 1860. Day shown on the cover. each post
presented here reads “to benja. smith It looks like a cloche or garden bell de- also includes a place for you to com-
esq. From the Members of st. andrews signed to protect young plants, a prod- ment or ask a question.
lodge Jany. 1832.” the recipient, uct made by american glass companies this exciting feature helps us bring
benjamin smith, was raised a Master from the 1810s on. however, this bell the Museum to you, wherever you may
Mason in the lodge of st. andrew in had a different purpose. Members of be. If you go to our blog, you can take
the early 1790s, and later served as Felix’s lodge likely used it to chime a look at our past posts and sign up
senior Warden from 1813 to 1815. symbolic midnight during a Masonic to subscribe to the new ones. let us
the timing of the pitcher’s presenta- ritual. Crafted from colorless lead glass know what you think about our col-
tion—in the midst of the anti-Masonic (instead of common green bottle glass) lections, exhibitions and other offer-
period—seemed remarkable. an up- and handsomely engraved, this bell ings. We look forward to hearing
coming blog entry tells the whole doubtless cost more than the garden from you!
story. variety and was a meaningful gift.
Winter 2009 • 3
o p e u i n g a n u a r y 1,
t h r o n g h FJe b r u a r y 3 8 , 2 0 0 9
A Penny for Your thoughts:
Postcards from the Golden Age, 1898–1918
n the early 1900s, when tele-
phones and cameras were few
and automobiles were limited Metropolitan news
to the well-to-do, the postcard Massachusetts and
filled a necessary and appreciated role. Germany. Van
Costing only a penny each to send, Library & archives.
postcards were an inexpensive way to Gift of Martin a.
and Mildred H.
convey short messages. Images on the Gilman.
cards showed american pursuits and
pastimes, customs, costumes, morals,
and manners. sold everywhere—in
drug stores, souvenir shops, dime stores,
specialty shops and even on street cor-
ners—many postcards from this age
still exist today.
In “a Penny for Your thoughts,” Postcard, 1908.
on view in the van Gorden-Williams Company, new York,
library and archives, more than 100 Leipzig, Dresden,
examples from the Golden age will Gorden-Williams
be shown, along with postcard scrap- Library & archives.
Gift of Martin a. and
books. the images capture the opti- Mildred H. Gilman.
mism, the people, the industrialism,
and the transportation of the period
from 1898–1918. visitors will see
favorite tourist destinations, city-
scapes, and period automobiles. they
will also be able read the messages
on these antique postcards. a variety
of styles and subject matter will be
shown, including color lithographic,
photographic, novelty, and fraternal
the exhibition is drawn from
gifts from Martin a. and Mildred h.
Gilman and various museum purchases.
bertha Petersen, Martin a. Gilman’s
mother, collected many of the post-
cards when she lived in New Jersey
and Connecticut from 1904–1917.
Postcard, ca. 1907. f. Earl
Christy. Van Gorden-Williams
Library & archives. Gift of
Martin a. and Mildred H.
Postcard, 1906. o. & W. Ry, new York.
Van Gorden-Williams Library & archives.
Gift of Martin a. and Mildred H. Gilman.
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through april 26, 2009
“I See My Own Face Everywhere”
aUGUstUs FrederICK sherMaN’s POrtraIts resONate WIth vIsItOrs
from the former
kingdom of Ruthenia,
which once covered
an area stretching
from the ukraine to
Courtesy of aperture
foundation and statue
of Liberty national
Romanian shepherd. augustus frederick sherman (1865–1925).
Courtesy of aperture foundation and statue of Liberty national
Monument/Ellis island immigration Museum.
Jakob Mittelstadt and family, Russian German, ex ss “Pretoria,”
May 9, 1905. admitted to go to Kullen, n.D. augustus frederick
sherman (1865–1925). Courtesy of aperture foundation and statue
of Liberty national Monument/Ellis island immigration Museum.
n the few weeks that “augustus noted, “If I didn’t have to be selective, tattoos. I am sure they have a story
Frederick sherman: ellis Island I would take a lot.” for each one.” another said, “I would
Portraits, 1905–1920” has been some visitors shared their immigra- like to meet a mother of many children
open, it has touched a chord tion stories with us, including this one: and ask her how she managed such
with visitors. “My husband’s grandmother got on a a large group on such a long and
We greatly appreciate the comments ship from europe to ellis Island with uncertain voyage!”
visitors offer verbally to staff, and on her fiancé. she got off the boat engaged In sharing their impressions of the
comments cards. You can view a selec- to my husband’s grandfather, NOt exhibition, visitors left these insightful
tion of the thoughts and reactions we the original fiancé. We only wish we remarks. One commented, “this inter-
have received the next time you visit the knew the stories of what happened esting exhibit clearly show how simi-
gallery. they have been funny, thought- on board!” lar ... we are to these brave people
ful, and intriguing. here is a sampling: Many of sherman’s portraits inspire who faced adversity, change and the
In answer to the question, “If you curiosity. More visitors have responded future with courage in their hearts and
were immigrating to another country, to the query, “Who in these photos hope in their eyes. Just as we need to
what you bring and why?,” one visi- would you like to meet?” than any today.” another observer said simply,
tor said, “No matter what country I other. One visitor wrote, “I would like “I see my own face everywhere.”
immigrate to, it will be my home if my to meet the two German stowaways We hope you will visit the exhibition
family is with me.” a young visitor and ask them where they got their and leave us your thoughts.
Winter 2009 • 5
Saturday, January 17 February
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Lecture Saturday, February 7
George J. borjas, of the Kennedy 1–3 PM
school of Government, will speak on Demonstration
immigration policy and economics. Carol Kostecki will demonstrate
borjas, a Cuban immigrant and pre- the wax-resist process of decorating
eminent scholar in his field, examines easter eggs known as pysanki. this
the controversial idea that more job tradition, associated with Ukranian
seekers from abroad means fewer church communities, came to Kostecki
opportunities or lower wages for by way of marriage despite her own
Yari Livan demonstrates his talents
as a Cambodian master ceramicist. native workers. this issue lies at French-Canadian, German, and
saturday, January 17, 12–2 PM the heart of national debate over abenaki descent. she is featured in
immigration policy. Funded by the exhibition, “Keepers of tradi-
the lowell Institute. Free. tion.” Free. snow date: sunday,
January Saturday, January 24
Saturday, January 17 1–3 PM
12–2 PM Demonstration Kostecki
Demonstration Julia Marden will demonstrate Easter eggs
Yari livan will demonstrate his the Native american art of twined known as
basketry, or soft-form baskets made pysanki.
talents as a Cambodian master saturday,
ceramicist. the sole survivor of his out of natural materials such as corn february 7,
generation of artists trained in tradi- husks and grasses. an aquinnah 1–3 PM
tional Khmer ceramics at the royal Wampanoag who learned her craft
academy of Fine arts in Phnom Penh, while working at Plimoth Plantation,
he came to Massachusetts in 2001. Marden is featured in the exhibi-
his work is featured in the exhibi- tion, “Keepers of tradition.” Free.
tion, “Keepers of tradition.” Free. snow date: sunday, January 25.
snow date: sunday, January 18. Saturday–Sunday, February
Join the Northeast Ntrak Modular
railroad Club for a weekend of fun.
Proceeds from this event support both
organizations. $5/family (members);
Wampanoag $7/family (non-members)
is a master
of twined tuesday, February 17
basketry. 10 AM–2 PM
January 24, Games from Around
drop in to play some board games
from around the world. did you know
Yahtzee was invented in Canada by
folks passing time on their yachts?
did you know Pick-Up sticks started
in ancient China? have you ever
played the French game Mille
Bornes? Join us, and bring your
friends to play! Free.
6 • Winter 2009
school vacation week model train
display. saturday, february 14 and
Winter 2009 • Update & Calendar
sunday, february 15, all day.
and Concord, Moran will examine
this publisher and Freemason’s role
as a colonial printer within the larger
context of growing resistance to
british rule. supported by the
lowell Institute and co-sponsored
by the american antiquarian
Sunday, march 22
In conjunction with the exhibition
“augustus Frederick sherman:
ellis Island Portraits, 1905–1920,”
Friday, February 20 Saturday, march 7
members of the Winchester high
11 AM and 1 PM 2 PM school Orchestra and symphonetta
Family Program Lecture will perform a concert celebrating
the revels’ touring ensemble, the James david Moran, director of america’s cultural heritage. the
revels repertory Company, brings Outreach at the american antiquarian family program will include selec-
their original program of traditional society, will present “diverting the tions from scottish, Irish, Chinese,
music, drama, dance, storytelling design of Murder and robbery: and Klezmer music, among others.
and audience participation to the Isaiah thomas, the Press and the this performance is part of the
Museum. Join members for a family Founding of america.” Using thomas’ orchestra’s commitment to
sing-and-play-along event that will account of the battles of lexington community service. Free.
include songs and games from Irish,
Italian, and eastern european Jewish
Sunday, march 1
the revels repertory Company
presents “an american Journey,”
through music, dance, and narrative.
the story takes place in 1907, when
more people immigrated to the United
states than in any other year. although
it focuses on the Irish, the Italians and
the eastern european Jews, it honors
the struggles of all who left their
homelands to journey to america Join the Revels Repertory Company in a family sing-and-play-along event that includes
and a new life. $10/adult; $5/child songs and games from many cultures. free. friday, february 20, 11 aM and 1 PM
(members and lCC-sponsoring
communities) and $12.50/adult;
Winter 2009 • 7
Dressing the Part
exploring the museum’s costume collection
ver the past six months, senior Curator
of Collections aimee e. Newell worked
with two volunteer interns to perform an
assessment of the Museum’s collections of
costume, regalia, and photographs. this project is the
first step in producing an exhibition on Masonic and
fraternal costume, tentatively scheduled for 2011. the
exhibition, which will showcase 75 to 100 objects, will
explore the role that Masonic and fraternal organiza-
tions—with their six million members by 1900—played
in american life. rather than placing Masonic and fra-
ternal regalia in a class of its own, the exhibition will
help visitors discover the relationships between these
garments and those worn in everyday life from the
1700s to the present, and analyze how fraternal cos-
tume both mirrored contemporary fashions and paid
homage to traditional american dress.
for a recent gift
bair entered basic descriptions of over
100 Masonic and fraternal carte-de-visite
Museum intern andrew bair photographs into the collections database.
and senior Curator of Collections unidentified member of the order of
aimee newell examine a jacket united american Mechanics, 1860s. Gift
in the collection. in memory of Jacques noel Jacobsen.
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Over the summer, intern Kerri hart- lars (32° and 33°), the collection also bair also helped assess the portrait
Morris, a 2008 graduate of smith has sufficient examples of military uni- photographs in the Museum’s collec-
College, assisted with assessing the forms, and women’s hats and shoes. tion. Newell and bair examined each
Museum’s costume and regalia collec- to fill gaps, the Museum is particular- photo, checked its condition, and
tion. Newell and hart-Morris looked ly interested in new donations of non- again identified overall strengths and
at every piece of clothing in the stor- Masonic fraternal regalia, regalia weaknesses in this part of the collection.
age vault, ranging from 1800s wed- and costumes from women’s and teen bair then noted whether the Museum
ding gowns to 1990s shrine jackets fraternal groups, as well as scottish has additional history or provenance
and fezzes. they evaluated each item’s rite costumes. about each photo’s subject, photogra-
condition to determine which ones starting in september, intern andrew pher or both. From this information,
require future conservation treatment. bair continued the assessment work, we will be able to better plan future
Certain garments offered Newell in- this time with the photograph collec- research projects on these items, and
spiration for the upcoming exhibition. tion. the photographs will help add to learn more about fraternal history
For example, many of the militaristic dimension to the costume exhibition in america.
fraternal orders, like Knights templar by putting real people of the past into the third phase of the assessment
and the Odd Fellows’ Patriarchs Mili- the clothing, showing how they wore project, scheduled for this coming winter
tant, made good use of a post-Civil similar items. bair, who received his and spring, will focus on the Museum’s
War surplus of military trim to design Master’s degree in Museum studies premier collection of Masonic and frater-
their uniforms. after the physical from syracuse University in 2007 and nal aprons. after its completion, Newell
assessment, hart-Morris checked the has worked at several different types will put together a formal list of objects
database records and the research files of museums, began his internship by to be included in the costume exhibition,
to identify which items have stories writing brief descriptions of 78 carte- and pursue conservation treatment on
about their owner and use. de-visite photographs showing men garments in need. look for updates on
through this assessment, Newell in their Masonic and fraternal regalia, the exhibition’s progress in future news-
was able to determine strengths and a recent gift to the Museum. he also letters. If you have clothing or fraternal
weaknesses of the collection. strong in scanned each image, to use for exhibi- regalia you are considering donating,
Knights templar uniforms, shrine re- tion planning and, eventually, on the please contact aimee Newell at
galia, and scottish rite sashes and col- Museum website. firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-457-4144.
J a n ua ry 31 t h ro u g h m a rc h 8 , 2 0 0 9
Antique Valentines from the 1910. sam Gabriel,
new York. Van Gorden-
Kalman Collection, 1910–1920
Williams Library &
archives. Gift of Vivienne
Kalman in memory of
albert L. Kalman.
omantic valentine greetings have been popular as far back as the
Middle ages, when lovers said or sang their verses to their sweeties.
today we are most familiar with the pretty paper variety. each
year, the van Gorden-Williams library presents a delightful dis-
play of antique valentines from its collection. smiling puppies and impish
cherubs, lovely maidens and heartsick gentlemen, the characters on these
charming cards convey their messages of love to sweethearts of long ago.
Many of the 25 cards on view stand up or feature moving parts, showing an
inventiveness rarely seen in cards today.
this antique valentine collection originally belonged to albert Kalman,
who owned and managed Kimbal’s Camera and Card shop in downtown
boston for 35 years. his wife, vivienne, donated the collection in his
memory. each year, Mr. Kalman decorated his shop with these vintage
cards to celebrate valentine’s day. visit us and carry on the tradition!
Winter 2009 • 9
Partners Put the Unity in Community
hroughout its history, the
Museum has partnered with
a number of organizations,
and it cherishes those rela-
tionships. Partners are those with whom
we share an interest, a commitment,
a mission. We recognize that by work-
ing together, we can accomplish more
than either can alone. We celebrate
that the fruits of our joint labors make
a difference in the lives of the people
the lexington Field and Garden
Club and the Museum have been part-
ners since the early 1990s, when the
“We are most fortunate to count the
Museum as one of our closest friends
and supporters. We could not be the
and supporters. We could not be the Our newest community partner
largest Garden Club in the state with- largest Garden Club in the state with- is the Winchester high school Music
out the use of their wonderful venue department, members of which will
out the use of their wonderful venue for our meetings and activities. We present a family concert on March
for our meetings and activities.” like to think that it is a most mutually 22 in conjunction with the ellis Island
beneficial relationship.” exhibition. Under the direction of dr.
Kate Gill, Lexington Field & Garden Club another of our community partners, John McCann, the school’s orchestra
the New New Orleans Jazz band, re- and symphonetta will perform a pro-
Museum needed someone to tend its cently celebrated the 25th anniversary gram of music celebrating america’s
plantings, both indoors and out, and of their history of Jazz Concerts here cultural heritage. Paula Zaiken, a par-
the Club needed a place to meet. the at the Museum. In recognition of the ent of one of the musicians, contacted
partnership then expanded to include event, they revived a tradition from us to see if the orchestra could work
the annual plant sale and the traditional the past—donating the ticket proceeds with the Museum to create a service
holiday greening of the Museum. In to support the Museum’s educational learning opportunity. In this the first
June 2008, the Garden Club and the programs. at the piano and narrating year of participating in such a pro-
Museum celebrated the summer sol- the program was eva balazs, joined gram, the orchestra has committed
stice with an enchanted weekend. Fea- by larry Zuk, band manager and tuba to completing 25 hours of service.
turing children’s author tracy Kane, player. leading the front line on cornet according to dr. McCann, “It is a
the activities drew an enthusiastic was bob MacInnis, Mort speck on win-win situation. the orchestra is
crowd of aspiring fairies and those clarinet, and bill Zimmerman on trom- able to perform in a beautiful setting,
who believe in fairies. Using materials bone. Completing the rhythm section and Museum visitors can listen to
from nature, they crafted imaginative were bill Flaherty on banjo and drum- good music related to a meaningful
fairy houses certain to attract even the mer richard Malcolm. during the per- exhibition.”
most bashful sprite. formance, a toddler hummed along We are grateful to all of our
according to Kate Gill, president with “tiger rag,” moving to the beat partners. We work in unity to create
of the lexington Field and Garden of the rhythm. From the look on her educational and entertaining cultural
Club, “We are most fortunate to count face, it was clear—the torch has been opportunities for our community
the Museum as one of our closest friends passed. and beyond.
10 • Winter 2009
M Us e U M I N tr O dUC es plan your next
Virtual Tours event at the museum
n ot all of the folks interested in the museum live in the neighborhood, or
even live in the country! as well, our hours don’t accommodate night owls.
to let our friends and supporters from across america and the globe see some
of what we do, we have put together virtual tours of the Museum. “sowing the
seeds of liberty: lexington and the american revolution” is our most com-
prehensive offering to date. Using this online tour, you can move through pan-
oramic views of all the areas in the exhibition, guided by a summary of informa-
tion in each section. a number of the special objects and interactive components
visitors enjoy in “seeds of liberty
In addition, the virtual tours
take you through other areas of the
Museum. Our attractive lobby, café,
and auditorium are featured, as is a
handsome overview of the exhibition
“the Grand lodge of Masons in
Massachusetts: Celebrating 275
Years of brotherhood.”
We hope this exciting new he Museum is an elegant
addition to our website will spur setting for all social and cor-
you to plan a visit to see us in porate events. Whether it is a
person. seminar, lecture, conference, musical
Feel free to contact us and performance—or a festive evening of
let us know what you think!
dinner and dancing—the Museum is
quite possibly the perfect place.
Plan your event in any number of
hand-blown glass makes a beautiful Museum settings including:
lovely Valentine or anytime gift Ü Maxwell Auditorium
Ü Museum Atrium and Courtyard
he Heritage Shop now carries a Ü Farr Conference Center
line of artful, hand-blown glass Ü Carpenter Meeting room
by Suzanne Duquette, owner of
Studio Glass & Gallery in new
Facilities are equipped with state-
Bedford, Massachusetts. Pieces include
of-the-art audio-visual, sound, and
a lovely pinched vase, perfect for a small
table or nightstand. A heart-shaped sun
lighting options, wifi, and tele-
catcher is delightful in any window. Both conferencing.
items are available in blue/green, cran-
berry/amethyst or multicolor. the vase is Contact Functions Manager
sells for $35.00, and the sun catcher is Patti Callahan today to book your
$18.00. other hand-blown glass items event at 781-457-4106, or
including additional sun catcher designs, email@example.com.
votives, and bud vases are available.
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national heritage Museum
33 Marrett road
(at the intersection of route 2a
and Massachusetts avenue)
lexington, Ma 02421
Free admission and parking
Monday–saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Ongoing exhibitions
sunday, noon to 5 pm.
the Museum is closed thanksgiving the Grand Lodge of Masons
day, Christmas day, and New Year’s in Massachusetts: celebrating
day. 275 Years of Brotherhood
handicapped Access Sowing the Seeds of Liberty:
Lexington and the American
the Museum is wheelchair accessible.
the enchanted clocks
If you would like to bring a group to
of George McFadden
the Museum, please call (781) 457-4142
to make a reservation. self-guided tours, American Family treasures:
guided tours, and workshops are available. Decorative Arts from the D.J. and
there is no charge for self-guided tours, Alice Shumway nadeau collection
but if you have 10 or more people in your
group, you must make a reservation.
heritage Shop and courtyard café An American history museum founded and supported by
the heritage shop is open during the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
regular Museum hours.
Café hours: tuesday–Friday,
11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Café closed saturday through Monday.
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visit Our Library
the van Gorden-Williams library NatIONal herItaGe MUseUM
boasts one of the most comprehensive 33 Marrett road/rte. 2a
collections on american Freemasonry,
lexington, Ma 02421
as well as extensive holdings on
american history, decorative arts,
and the revolutionary War. hours Forwarding service requested
are Monday–saturday, 10 am–5 pm.
Closed on sundays.
Plan Your event With Us!
Consider hosting your next special event
at the Museum. Groups large and small
can be accommodated for corporate
parties, receptions, meetings, weddings,
concert, and performances. Call