CIVIL WAR ERA SWORDS
Ruthie Dibble's summer research centered on an examination of presentation swords and their relationship to wartime constructions of chivalry in the North and the South. Read more.
Emily Pazar's research on marbled endpapers led her to the University of Iowa's Special Collections to view sample books and archives from the Hertzberg Company. Read more.
Focusing on Shenandoah County furniture in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV), Jeffrey S. Evans Auctions, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Sarah Thomas studied the work of acclaimed craftsmen, including Johannes Spitler, John Siron, and Jacob Stirewalt. Read more.
Ten years ago, Wilton House Museum in Richmond’s West End looked like the typical local historic house museum. Rooms were crammed full of objects from a wide range of time periods, and visitors were not allowed to take pictures in the museum. Year-round visitation at Richmond’s only 18th-century plantation house museum barely broke four digits. Wilton and the museum, however, were about to enter an essential period of transition. Read more.