Category Archives: Behind-the-Scenes

Letters from Jackie: A Personal Piece of Camelot

Last week dozens of handwritten letters by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sold at auction in Palm Beach, Florida, for a total of $28,400. The letters were personal correspondence and thank you notes by the former First Lady to her interior designer, … Continue reading

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Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Secrets and Treasures of the Museum

Winterthur is full of many treasures that are often overlooked or not on display in the museum or Galleries. In fact, with more than 90,000 objects in the collection, it is understandable that even our own tour guides routinely discover … Continue reading

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Visions of Grandeur: Winterthur Transformed

Winterthur, the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, has undergone many transformations in its rich history. The original 12-room, 3-story Greek revival mansion, built in 1839 by Jacques Antoine Bidermann and his wife Evelina du Pont, was only a … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Touch (and Creativity and Intelligence) Makes All the Difference

In honor of March’s celebration of Women’s History Month, it seems fitting to admire the many women who have made contributions in one way or another to Winterthur. Marian Cruger Coffin (1876–1957) was one of the first American women landscape … Continue reading

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Fashion as Art

Our forthcoming original exhibition Costumes of Downton Abbey, opening March 1, gives Winterthur a unique opportunity to shine a light on the library’s collection of 20th century magazines, including the rare La Gazette du Bon Ton. Founded in Paris in … Continue reading

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Costumes of Downton Abbey at Winterthur: In the Making

Like millions of people around the world, Dave Roselle is a big Downton Abbey® fan. Unlike anyone else, Dave is director of Winterthur. In the fall of 2012, he asked Tom Savage, director of  Museum Affairs, if it would be … Continue reading

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

Influenza, or “the flu,” as we have perhaps too innocently dubbed it, has been one of the most lethal killers in all of history. As flu season approaches, we are reminded of one of the most devastating epidemics and its effects … Continue reading

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Big Work behind the Scenes Precedes “Miniature” Exhibition

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection, on loan to Winterthur from the Birmingham Museum of Art, and Winterthur’s adjunct exhibit, Winterthur Looks at Love, open in the Galleries on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Lest you think an exhibition … Continue reading

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Washington, Warhol, and Winterthur: Unexpected Provenance in the Museum Collection

“I find that some museums know a good deal more about the histories of their things than I do about ours; therefore I want to get family histories whenever possible.” Henry Francis du Pont wrote this to a dealer, Winsor White, … Continue reading

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