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Many Cooks Make An Exhibition: Putting Together Uncorked!

Leslie Grigsby, Winterthur’s Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, long has had a deep affection for “wining and dining” and the history and things associated with such activities. After studying an object to discover who made it, what it is, … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Winterthur

This next week will be hard for me. I will be guiding tours of the museum, reading in the library, spending time in the collection, and attending several parties with my wonderful classmates. All of those activities are my favorite … Continue reading

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A Good Sack Posset

One entertaining aspect of researching for the exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition was the discovery of some wonderful period quotes. For example, let’s take the subject of posset pots. You’ve never heard of posset? Well, that’s not surprising, since … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Henry Algernon du Pont and the Gilded Age

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont (1836–1926), the second owner of Winterthur, is a difficult man to understand. Today, his likes and dislikes, prides … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Samuel Francis DuPont, 19th-Century Wine Collector

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. In the second half of the 19th century, the common drinks in America were spirits, cider, and beer. Although a domestic wine industry … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: The First Generation of the du Ponts at Winterthur

By Maggie Lidz, Estate Historian In 1839, after two years abroad, Evelina du Pont and her husband, J. Antoine Bidermann, settled into residence at Winterthur, their newly acquired estate. The 350-acre Delaware farm was formerly owned and managed as a … Continue reading

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And the Trophy Goes To…

What do centuries-old drinking traditions have to do with horse races? At first glance, not much. But at Winterthur we have a long tradition of collecting beverage ware, and as anyone who’s ever attended Point-to-Point knows, we do love a … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: Preserving Temperance

By Director of Conservation Lois Alcott Price The Textile Lab has recently been the site of a collaboration between painting and textile conservation. Flaking paint on a fragile silk edged cotton banner scheduled for exhibition in Uncorked! Wine, Objects & … Continue reading

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Puzzled by Puzzle Jugs?

Puzzled by puzzle jugs? Perplexed by punch bowls? Don’t worry, because Uncorked! is here to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about early American drinking traditions. Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition, which opens to the public on Saturday, April 28, … Continue reading

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Twentieth-Century Wine at Winterthur

In preparation for what promises to be a fantastic exhibition on wine implements—Uncorked! by Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie Grigsby—I have been researching the history of the wine cellar here at Winterthur. The museum’s founder, Henry Francis du … Continue reading

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