STUNNING STOOLS!!!! LIVE from Kelly Kinzle’s booth at The Philadelphia Show
Stenton Curator Laura Keim went LIVE from Kelly Kinzle’s booth at The Philadelphia Show 2022 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Laura and Kelly examine defining details of the Norris stools from Stenton and how they helped to authenticate this third stool, most certainly once part of a set of four with Stenton’s pair.
Provenance is Paramount: Silver @ Stenton Facebook LIVE
Stenton’s number-one collecting priority is objects with a history of ownership in the Logan family. In 1928, The Colonial Dames officially voted “to refurnish the house as far as possible with Logan things,” which has remained a guiding principle and is part of what gives Stenton its viscerally authentic feeling. In January 2022, Stenton purchased a Philip Syng silver cann that Isaac Norris gave to James Logan. In this Facebook LIVE, recorded on 3/18/22, Stenton Curator Laura Keim considers the silver objects that were and are stored and exhibited in the parlor buffet including the newly acquired Norris-Logan cann and Sarah Logan’s imported English silver purchased for her marriage to Thomas Fisher.
Provenance Is Paramount: Stenton@HSP
Join Stenton and Historical Society of Pennsylvania staff members for a virtual broadcast to view and consider documents and manuscripts from Logan Family collections at HSP. Laura Keim and Lee Arnold will share a close look at handwritten business ledgers, personal diaries, maps of early Pennsylvania, and intimately annotated almanacs. They will chat about how these holdings enliven visitors’ experience of Stenton and draw out the family histories and stories connected with the objects and the c.1730 historic house. Program hosted at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on January 28, 2022.
By Loan, By Gift, By Bequest, and By Purchase: New Objects and Object Opportunities for Stenton
Zoom presentation by Stenton Curator Laura Keim, recorded on January 11, 2022. Laura discussed Stenton’s furnishing history, collecting priorities, newly arrived acquisitions and loans, and shared some purchasing opportunities that present themselves later this month (January 2022).
Dinah Memorial Update with Artist Karyn Olivier Zoom Recording
In this Zoom Webinar, recorded on November 17, 2021, Dinah Memorial Artist Karyn Olivier, Landscape Architect Claudia Levy, and Stenton Curator Laura Keim, provided updates on the Dinah Memorial design and construction progress. To learn more about the Dinah Memorial Project, visit www.stenton.org/dinah
By Loan, By Gift, By Bequest: New Objects at Stenton Facebook LIVE
2021 has proved an exceptional year for new acquisitions and loans to Stenton. In this Facebook LIVE recorded on November 17, 2021, Stenton Curator Laura Keim offers a look at long-term loans from Independence National Historical Park, gifts and bequests from Logan family descendants, and a gift from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Stenton remains ever grateful for opportunities to grow the collection of LOGANIA on view to the public.
Robert Restalrig Logan’s Unintentional Stenton Legacy Facebook LIVE 10/6/21
Stenton Curator Laura Keim went LIVE on Facebook to view objects in Stenton’s collection that belonged to Robert Restalirig Logan (1874-1956). R.R. Logan, who was devoted to anti-vivisection, vegetarianism, and theosophy, avoided giving or bequeathing his inherited family collections to the Colonial Dames for Stenton. Yet in 2021, Stenton exhibits many objects he owned, some on loan from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and some owned by the NSCDA/PA. R.R. Logan sold some of his antiques, and others remained with his Bucks County estate Sarobia, which he bequeathed to the State of Pennsylvania.
Boxed In: Letitia Wright's "Colonial" Stenton Garden Lecture
In this Zoom presentation, recorded on 5/20/2021, Laura Keim shared highlights from one of Stenton’s archival treasures, the Stenton Garden Scrapbook, assembled from 1911-1913 by Colonial Dame and Logan descendant, Letitia Ellicott Carpenter Wright (1861-1933). The book is a rich and key primary source for understanding the design, plan, and early implementation of what we now call the “Colonial Revival Garden” at Stenton.