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Saturday, May 18 • 8:00am - 4:00pm
New England Originals - American Antiquarian Society and Worcester Art Museum TICKETED

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Enjoy a day in Worcester, MA, at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) and the Worcester Art Museum (WAM), located approximately half of a mile from each other. In the morning, when AAS is closed to the public, a private tour will be offered of the research library, its new state-of-the-art conservation lab, and old and new collection storage areas. Designed by Samuel Anderson Architects, the 1,700 square foot book and paper conservation lab is part of a newly constructed library wing opening in early 2019. The day will then continue at WAM for lunch hosted by the museum, followed by a tour of the conservation facilities, and opportunity to visit the galleries. The museum’s conservation facilities consist of The Fuller Conservation Laboratory, which houses objects and paintings conservation in 2,500 square feet of space with 20-foot ceilings and ample northern light, and the Culpeper Paper Conservation Laboratory, which is located in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Suite. Following the tour, the galleries will be open to visit, including four special exhibitions: Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge; Travels with Hiroshige; Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece; and, Lee Mingwei: Stone Journey.
At the end of the day, attendees will be dropped off at either Logan Airport or a nearby Amtrak station (there will be luggage storage on the bus). If you drove your personal car to the Mohegan Sun, you can drive it to the start of the tour.

American Antiquarian Society
Founded in 1812 by Revolutionary War patriot and printer Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society is both a learned society and national research library of pre-20th century history and culture. It is the oldest historical society in the United States with a national focus. The mission of the AAS is to collect, preserve, and make available for study all printed records of what is now known as the United States of America, through the year 1876. Its collections contain over four million books, pamphlets, newspapers, graphic arts materials, and manuscripts. AAS is estimated to hold copies of two thirds of the books known to have been printed, from the establishment of the first press in 1640 through the year 1820. Its current library, built in 1910, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark in recognition of this legacy. In recognizing the importance of the Society’s mission, in 2014 AAS was presented with the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House for “safeguarding the American story.”
Conservation department staff includes Chief Conservator Babette Gehnrich, Book Conservator Laura Oxley, and Conservation Technicians Nancy Fresella-Lee and Candace Okuno.

Worcester Art Museum
Founded in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in New England and houses an internationally renowned collection of over 38,000 works spanning fifty centuries of art from the world’s major cultures. Worcester has long recognized the importance of conservation, and the museum’s first paintings conservator, Edmond de Beaumont, was hired in 1936. It was one of the first museums to share technical information with the public in exhibition catalogues and in catalogues of its permanent collection. The role of conservation broadened under the leadership of George Stout, a pioneer in the development of conservation in the United States, who directed the Worcester Art Museum from 1947 to 1955.  Conservation department staff includes Chief Conservator and Paintings Conservator Rita Albertson, Objects Conservator Paula Artal-Isbrand, Paper Conservator Eliza Spaulding, Associate Paintings Conservator Birgit Straehle, Conservator of Arms and Armor Bill MacMillan, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paintings Hae Min Park, and Pre-Program Intern Elle Friedberg.