The Chester County Historical Society is offering a Family Focus Group on Saturday, August 16th & Wednesday, August 27th! The event will give one the opportunity to Tour the museum and participate in a focus group about the overall experience. The goal of the focus group is to research the Chester County Historical Society’s brand awareness and visitor experience among its potential customers. Participants will receive a free three month family membership for their time. To learn more or sign up for the event visit http://www.whatscchs.com.
The Chester County Historical Society presents its nationally recognized clothing collection in the first comprehensive installation in more than 20 years. Spectacular high style pieces, Quaker plain dress, and ordinary work clothing of women, men and children tell the stories of fashionable lifestyles, women’s health, and social reform movements of the 19th century. Many are new acquisitions never exhibited before. See more details at ChesterCoHistorical.org.
Photo | Matthew Steindl
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Brandywine River Museum. After conducting a bit of research online, before visiting the museum, I was excited to learn that they provide free admission on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. If you have never been I would suggest taking a trip. The quaint little art museum is located along the Brandywine River in the heart of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Even before visiting the museum I heard a lot about the many works of art it has on display by the Wyeth family. They are a famed family of local artists living in Chadds Ford, who have been producing great works of art for generations. The Wyeth family works of art are very interesting to me because they capture and depict many scenes I see every day, such as landscapes around Chester County.
Upon arriving at the museum, I was instantly struck by the simplistic old-fashioned building. It was evident that the building had been around for quite some time. The outside consisted of a courtyard that was surrounded by walls comprised of stone. As I entered the museum I was quickly greeted by a nice woman at the front desk. She informed me that my visit would be free due to the special Sunday morning hours. After explaining of my first time visit, she handed me a map and informed me of the various locations within the museum. Overall, the staff was very kind and informative throughout my visit.
Photo | Matthew Steindl
After departing the front desk, I was overwhelmed by the enormous glass windows that overlooked the Brandywine River. Each floor of the museum had these windows and it was one of my favorite aspects of the museum. It was almost as if you were in an observatory tower that overlooked the beautiful Brandywine River. In my eyes the beautiful scenery, visible through the windows, was a display of artwork in itself.
The museum consisted of three floors, but overall my favorite exhibit was located on the third floor of the museum. It was titled “Mohegan” because all of the works involved were portrayals of the island Mohegan, which was located off the coast of Massachusetts. Both Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent had paintings featured in the exhibit. However, I enjoyed Jamie Wyeth’s paintings more because they consisted of much more color and detail. Also, I enjoyed the landscapes of the island Jamie chose to portray in his paintings a significant amount more than Kent’s.
In the end, my visit to the Brandywine River Museum was magnificent and breathtaking; from the scenic overlook of the Brandywine River to the many great works of art throughout the museum. I could not have asked for a better museum visit. I would recommend all to visit the Brandywine River Museum at least once in your lifetime. Make sure to take advantage of the free Sunday morning special now through November 24, 2013. For more information visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Now through November, gaze into the recent and distant past of Chester County through the people captured in painted portraits. Before Facebook, paintings revealed people, their settings and artistic styles of their era. An extensive collection of portraits in the Chester County Historical Society museum collection spans two centuries of men, women and children who lived here, opening windows into the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. Some are important because they are rare images of people before the invention of cameras. Others reflect the artists’ attempts to convey the personalities of their subjects long after photography could capture precise features. Most of the examples on view in this colorful installation depict Chester County people. A few paintings depict people from other places by Chester County artists. For more information on the exhibit visit www.chestercohistorical.org or click here.
Now through November 24, 2013 The Brandywine River Museum located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is offering admission for free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Enjoy breakfast with a view from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The restaurant offers “Breakfast on the Brandywine” with a menu that changes weekly and costs $7. A children’s meal is also available for $3.50. For more information and a list of upcoming events visit The Brandywine River Museum’s official website at http://www.brandywinemuseum.org or simply click here.