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"Raiders of the Lost Art" @ Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

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News Release Date: January 13, 2014
Contact: Rick Kendall, 603 675-2175
Contact: Gregory C. Schwarz, 603 675-2175

 

"Raiders of the Lost ART" @ Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site


Cornish, NH – We've got the art, and you are the raiders! Starting on January 21, 2014, you and your friends will get to help create the next museum exhibit at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.  In your online world, you are in charge of your own content—you choose what to read, what to watch, what to post, what to comment on. But when you go to a museum, your experience is managed by others. That changes this January!

For the next two months, Saint-Gaudens NHS will use our Facebook page to put you and your friends in the digital driver's seat, creating a new museum exhibit, composed of actual museum objects, to display in our Visitor Center. Let "Raiders of the Lost ART" begin!

Located in Cornish, New Hampshire, Saint-Gaudens NHS preserves the home, studios, and gardens of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907).In addition to our historic buildings and landscape, we have the largest collection of Saint-Gaudens artwork and associated materials in the world held as part of our museum collection.

While the park has more than 100 pieces of Saint-Gaudens work on display in our galleries, we have thousands more museum items in our collection that have never before had the chance to be displayed for the public.Our collection includes many more sculptural works by Saint-Gaudens; paintings, sculpture, pottery, and other works by other members of the Saint-Gaudens family; clothing and textiles associated with Saint-Gaudens and family; a variety of different works of art by members of the Cornish Art Colony that sprung up around Saint-Gaudens in Cornish, New Hampshire; historic domestic materials, and many other miscellaneous items.

Starting on January 21, visitors to our park Facebook page will help us select the theme for a new exhibit in our park visitor center.We will help toss out some initial ideas based upon what we know we have in the collection, but we want you and your friends to come up with ideas, too.We will put the best ones out for you to 'like' on Facebook to settle on a final theme.Then, in successive weeks, we will post photos of museum items that could be part of this museum exhibit on Facebook. Again, you will all be encouraged to 'like' the items you want to see included in the exhibit. Finally, our museum staff will take all of the items that you select and place them on display in one of our museum cases in the park Visitor Center for all park visitors to enjoy next summer.

So, if you want to be one of the drivers helping to create an actual exhibit from actual museum items at Saint-Gaudens NHS for this coming summer, begin tuning into the park's Facebook page at facebook.com/SaintGaudensNPS on January 21, 2014.To make sure you don't miss an opportunity to participate, go to the park's Facebook page, "Like" our page, hover your mouse over the "Liked" button and select "Get Notifications."This will alert you when we make a post that you may want to respond to.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is located off NH Route 12A, just north of the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge. The park is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through October 31. For more information, contact us at (603) 675-2175 x 100, or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/saga.

Did You Know?

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens was one of the first people to eat corn flakes. The cereal was invented by John and Will Kellogg in 1894 and commercially produced in 1906. Saint-Gaudens corresponded with Dr. John Kellogg in his later years and was prescribed Corn Flakes as a health food.