Touring Yale’s Hume Furniture Study Center and the Wurtele Study Center in Connecticut

On Friday, October 4, Decorative Arts Trust members experienced an exceptional collection of colonial and Federal furniture at the new Leslie P. and George H. Hume Yale American Furniture Study Center in Connecticut. The Furniture Study reopened at Yale West Campus after nearly 60 years in downtown New Haven, and it contains over 1,000 examples …

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Inspired by the Berkshires: Notes from the Fall 2019 Symposium in Western Massachusetts

With the autumn leaves changing colors, members of the Decorative Arts Trust reveled in the cultural history of Western Massachusetts during the Decorative Arts Trust’s Fall Symposium from September 19-22, 2019. Pre-Symposium Tour and Symposium Kick-Off The event began with a pre-symposium optional tour of Williamstown, Massachusetts, on Thursday, September 19, with visits to the …

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Meet Sara Long

The Decorative Arts Trust welcomes Sara Long, the new Communications and Marketing Coordinator. Sara focuses on informing members of new programs and initiatives as well as expanding knowledge of the Trust throughout the world. She works on the magazine, website, and blog as well as social media, press, advertising, and other promotional projects to support …

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Introducing Kathy Drake

Kathy Drake recently joined the Trust as the new Membership Coordinator bringing over five years of experience working in the arts. A Philly native, Kathy returns to the area after having worked in New York City for the last two and a half years. During her time in NYC, Kathy was a Post Sale Manager …

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The Paxton Style: Neat and Substantially Good

When Trust participants encountered the furnishings for Paxton House in Berwickshire, Scotland, during this year’s “Celebrating Chippendale’s Tercentenary” excursion, the chaste neoclassical pieces seemed a far cry from the gilt, japanned, and inlaid splendor we associated with Thomas Chippendale’s style during our explorations in Yorkshire. In fact, a handful of Chippendale’s most important patrons hailed …

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Meet the Trust: Nick Vincent

While the Trust’s staff members are the most familiar faces leading symposia, tours, and study trips, a great deal of our event planning is facilitated by the Programming Committee of the Board of Governors. This past month, the Committee welcomed a new chair, Nick Vincent, who joined the Board in January. Nick’s involvement with the …

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Curatorial Interns Update: Dan Sousa and Elisabeth Mallin

The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Interns Dan Sousa (Historic Deerfield) and Elisabeth Mallin (Maryland Historical Society) are well into their tenures, and their hard work has produced phenomenal results thus far. Participants in our one-day symposium in partnership with Historic Deerfield gained a glimpse into Dan’s projects as the Peggy N. Gerry-Anne K. Groves Curatorial …

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The Trust’s Summer Reading: “Never Caught”

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar pieces together the story of Ona Judge, a slave owned by Martha Washington who escaped into freedom in 1796, during the final year of Washington’s presidency in Philadelphia. Selected as the 2018 summer reading book for the Decorative Arts Trust, the publication creates a narrative through the material objects …

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