Welcome to Winterthur Unreserved, the museum and library blog! You will find a variety of articles here by a wide array of museum staff, volunteers, and friends. Check back regularly to see what we’re up to and leave comments—we’d love to hear from you!
Terry Dinneen is one of Winterthur’s most tireless and enthusiastic interpreters.
Linda Eaton is Winterthur’s Director of Collections and senior textiles curator. With a background in conservation, Linda is the ultimate museum crossover, leaping departmental divisions in a single bound. Despite the demands of heading up the collections, Linda finds time to curate shows on a variety of textile subjects.
Leslie Grigsby is Winterthur’s Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass. She has long had a deep affection for “wining and dining” and the history and objects associated with such activities. After studying an object to discover who made it, what it is, and where and when it was made, she finds it even more fun to try to figure out why it was made and what sort of person might have used it.
Jeff Groff is Director of Public Programs at Winterthur. His research interests might be termed eclectic—architecture and interiors of American country places, the Colonial Revival, Quaker life, garden history, and “gentlemen farming.”
Debbie Harper is Winterthur’s Curator of Education. Debbie works tirelessly to expand and re-think Winterthur’s house tours to make them engaging for all museum visitors. During Winterthur’s Yuletide season Debbie can be found just about anywhere in the house, orchestrating the incredible annual transformation.
Maggie Lidz is Winterthur’s estate historian and curator of garden objects. She is the author of The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens in the Brandywine as well as Life at Winterthur: A du Pont Family Album. Together with Public Programs Director Jeff Groff, she is currently working on a book about servants, “back-of the-house” spaces, and the outbuildings that made up large country places, due out from Acanthus Press in 2014.
Rosemary Krill works with students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, researchers in the Research Fellowship Program, and the staff of Winterthur’s scholarly journal Winterthur Portfolio. In between all that she still finds to time to be an avid reader and researcher as well.
E. Richard McKinstry is the Winterthur Library Director and Andrew W. Mellon Senior Librarian. He has served as president of the Ephemera Society of America, an experience that further enhanced his appreciation of printed ephemera and people who collect it.
Matthew A. Mickletz is Winterthur’s supervisor of preventive conservation aides. A Civil War re-enactor, Matthew is also a tireless crusader against the bugs, dust, and wear and tear that plague museum objects and environments.
Beth J. Parker Miller is registrar and head of Winterthur’s Registration Department. She has an MA in history/historical and archival administration and has worked in museum collections management for more than 25 years. She is a contributing author to the 2011 American Association of Museums publication, To Give and To Receive: A Handbook on Gifts and Donations for Museums and Donors, edited by Sharon Smith Theobald and Laurette E. McCarthy. Born in Puerto Rico and having lived five years in northern India as a child, Beth enjoys international cuisine, visiting historical sites, and travel abroad when her life as a working mother of two allows.
Traci Manza Murphy is Winterthur’s Assistant Director of Membership.
Lois Price is the Director of Conservation at Winterthur. A longtime conservator and lover of paper and bindings, her heart truly belongs to architectural and design drawings. They are even the subject of her book, Line, Shade and Shadow: The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings. Beyond working with her wonderful staff and students, she is an active advocate for cultural heritage preservation locally and internationally and is currently engaged in a project to train Iraqi conservators.
Jeanne Solensky is the librarian in the Joseph Downs Collection & Manuscripts & Printed Ephemera. While surprisingly not a collector herself, she’s happy that public repositories such as the Winterthur Library collects and preserves material for all to enjoy.
Lois Stoehr is responsible for school and family programs at Winterthur and is a 2004 graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. She escapes the heat of late summer by visiting air-conditioned museums and shady public gardens with her husband. A few of their favorite destinations include Chanticleer, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and Historic Deerfield.