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Living (and Learning) in a Material World

By Shoshana Resnikoff What does a diploma have in common with an 18th-century tankard? Winterthur’s graduate programs, that’s what! Winterthur hosts two graduate programs in partnership with the University of Delaware—the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC) and the … Continue reading

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The Motor House and the Chauffeur: How the Auto Changed Traditional American Country Life

We are all looking forward to the seventh year of Winterthur hosting a wide array of notable historic automobiles on each Saturday in May. I have been thinking about these cars in a slightly different way as part of research … 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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Hair Apparent: False Hair Caps and the Mysterious World of 19th-Century Hair Anxiety

I have a reputation for loving the stranger objects at Winterthur. Ask me what I like and I’ll usually respond, “The high style Philadelphia furniture is impressive, but did you see the glass fly trap on the second floor? It’s … 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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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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The House within the House: Imagining the Original Winterthur

By Hannah Freece, 2011 graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and current Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   If you’ve taken a tour at Winterthur, you … Continue reading

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