Bennington Museum is publishing two issues of the Walloomsack Review this season. On the cover of Volume 23 is an image of the “Black youth” who led captured Hessians after the Battle of Bennington. This image sets the stage for the articles in this issue which include topics pertaining to the history of African-Americans in Vermont and how Vermonters engaged with the civil rights movement. The second publication, is a special edition that contains articles written by current students at Bennington College. Both address interesting and timely topics.
The George Aiken Wildflower Trail is an engaging garden covering six acres of Bennington Museum’s 10-acre property. While the wildflowers of the area continue to thrive, the Eastern White Pines have been almost universally infected by red rot (Fomes pini), a fungus that penetrates the heart of the trunk, severely weakening it. After more than a decade of study, in June 2018 the Museum’s Executive Committee voted reluctantly to remove the pine forest, and begin implementing plans for a new landscape designed by Reed Hilderbrand, one of the foremost firms of landscape architects in the nation.
The Board of Trustees of Bennington Museum announces that current Executive Director Robert Wolterstorff will be leaving his position with the Museum to become The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, on June 1. Wolterstorff has served as the Executive Director of the Bennington Museum since summer of 2012.
Are you wondering how much something is worth, or what it actually did way back when? Join us on Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Bennington Museum’s Appraisal Fair. Bring family heirlooms or the odd, quirky piece you always wanted to know about, get it appraised and have your questions answered. Appraisals are $5 per item, with a limit of five items.
Who was Minnie Griswold and what her life was like are the questions being unwrapped in Up Home: Hand-Colored Photographs by Susanne and Neil Rappaport. First unveiled at the Vermont Folklife Center in February, 2018, the collection of over 45 hand-colored photographs taken in Minnie Griswold’s Pawlet, Vermont home are now on view at Bennington Museum, March 30 through June 11. This exhibition brings together the best in documentary work and artistic expression.