Out and About in August

DeMenil staff and volunteers have been lucky enough to attend some terrific events with community partners this month.

On August 11, our grant from the Missouri Humanities Council to explore partnerships between house museums bore its first fruit, when William Ray from the Historic Daniel Boone Home offered a workshop on historic interpretation. The event was hosted by The Barn Restaurant at the Thomas Sappington House Museum, which offered really really good food, a great tour of the historic property, and fresh peppers from the garden!  Attendees included friends old and new from Campbell House, Hanley House, and St. Louis County Parks (which operates the General Daniel Bissell House and the historic houses at Faust Park). In a follow-up session at the Daniel Boone Home the following weekend, we had the opportunity to apply interpretive theories to the buildings of Boonefield Village. The programs were a great introduction to the formal theory of interpreting historic resources for the public, and it was great fun to meet colleagues and tour some wonderful spaces.  We’re looking forward to more programs for the museum community in the future.

On August 12, we were invited to meet with the fellows of the Regional Arts Commission‘s special Cherokee Street Community Arts Training Institute. We spent a lively evening talking about the history of St. Louis and of Cherokee Street, and exploring the connection between story and place.

This building at Cherokee and Texas can be used to tell a rather long and interesting story about Alexander DeMenil, Mayor Ziegenhein, how funeral practices change in the 20th century, the changing demographics of Cherokee Street, and a whole bunch of other things.

From our presentation to the CAT fellows: This building at Cherokee and Texas can be used to reveal a rather long and interesting story about Alexander DeMenil, Mayor Ziegenhein, the way funeral practices were revolutionized in the late 19th century, the changing demographics of Cherokee Street, and a whole bunch of other things. Every building tells a story, not just the museums!

Finally, tomorrow we get to meet with our colleagues from Campbell House, Cupples House, the Eugene Field House, and the Old Courthouse on the subject of this year’s Holiday House Tour. Mark your calendars for the afternoon and evening of December 11 to enjoy this biannual event! If you’d like to receive a postcard in the mail (and you’re not already on the mailing list), drop us a line at demenil@sbcglobal.net.


August Craft Night

Upcoming Craft Night Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Learn Bargello (or Flame Stitch)

Flame Stitch

We are indebted to the luxury and magnificence of the nations of the East, for the invention of embroidery,—an art that has not inaptly been termed the mother of painting, its discovery claiming the priority by many centuries. In more modern times, it has been called the humble sister of the latter art; and the aim of the needlewoman has been to imitate, as closely as possible, the productions of the pencil, a labour in which she has been assisted by some of the most celebrated masters, many of whose chef-d’oeuvres have been executed for the express purpose of being copied in needlework or tapestry. ~The Ladies’ Complete Guide to Needle-work and Embroidery, 1859

Bargello Needlepoint uses one simple stitch to create beautiful zigzag or chevron patterns on a canvas. This is a great introduction for anyone who is interested in learning needlepoint! The stitch is easy to learn and the patterns require nothing but counting. It takes it’s name from 17th Century chair backs embroidered in the flame stitch pattern in the Bargello palace in Florence. For that same reason it is often referred to as Florentine Embroidery.

Join us for our monthly craft night and learn the art of Bargello or bring along your own hand-worked project.

Instructor: Deborah Hyland

Date: Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 7 pm

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Click here for the supply list and other class information

 


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