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The Pennsylvania Germans have long been renowned for their colorful folk art, embellished with tulips, hearts, birds, and other whimsical motifs. But during the American Revolution, many began to incorporate patriotic imagery into their artwork. Also known as the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Tasting Pennsylvania German History

Emmy Award-winning City Tavern chef and host of PBS’s A Taste of History Walter Staib, takes you to Germany, where his cooking roots began, in this video blog. Don’t miss him at Winterthur on Saturday, November 14, at 1 pm, … Continue reading

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Meet One of the Most Colorful and Captivating Men in History

Adventure.  Discovery.  Passion.  Danger.  Alexander von Humboldt’s life was packed with all of them. In this video blog, New York Times best-selling author Andrea Wulf describes the remarkable life of the man, explorer, and scientist who came up with the … Continue reading

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Mount Pleasant: Discovery of 18th-Century Painted Wood Graining

As a decorative and historic finishes major at Winterthur, I work on a wide variety of projects ranging from architecture to painted furniture. I spent my third-year internship in the Furniture and Woodwork Conservation Lab of the Philadelphia Museum of … Continue reading

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Winterthur during World War II: The Curtain Project

I am trying to get the entire house catalogued—sewing labels on all the curtains showing the rooms and seasons in which they are to be used etc. and I think it will be another year before I am entirely through … Continue reading

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Bright Orange Baseboards in 18th-Century Williamsburg?

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that really a bright orange paint dating back to the 1770s–90s? Hi, my name is Sara Lapham, and I am a furniture conservation major in the WUDPAC class of 2013. This summer I … Continue reading

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Preserving Ancient Artifacts with the Israel Antiquities Authority

Shalom from Jerusalem! I’m Sara Levin, objects conservation major of the WUDPAC class of 2013, and I am spending the summer as an intern at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA, or Reshut Ha’Atikot in Hebrew). So far, I have been … Continue reading

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Building Winterthur

In 1929, three years after he inherited Winterthur, H. F. du Pont began to build an addition onto his ancestral home. Construction began in June 1929 and finished in April 1931. When completed, the new du Pont residence was 72,000 … 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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Poster, Not Postage, Stamps

Winterthur Library first started collecting poster—not postage—stamps in 1995, and during the past 17 years, we have acquired about 1,800 of them. Among other purposes, poster stamps were used as advertising vehicles for products; to promote urban growth and settlement; … Continue reading

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