A Fond Farewell

All good things must come to an end. When we first posted to this blog in December of 2014, I had relatively little experience with the NSLM collection. We had a collection of fantastic sporting materials, but much of it wasn’t in usable condition. Books were shelved in a disorganized fashion, it was easy to lose track of things in the Rare Book Room, and we had a huge backlog of archival materials waiting to be processed into the collection.

As the work of improving the organization of the collection proceeded, I was afforded the opportunity to really dig into the books, manuscripts, photographs, and archival materials in the collection. Every book came off the shelves to be recataloged, and that meant a chance to learn more about the collection. This blog has been a wonderful opportunity to share those materials with the outside world.

We’ve reached over 55,000 readers on this blog since we first began. Our posts have made the NSLM’s presence truly international, receiving views from countries across the globe. We’ve received comments, questions, and visits based on the content of our blog. I have accounted for 119 out of Drawing Covert’s 243 posts. I’ve learned a lot and have enjoyed my blogging greatly.

Drawing Covert will continue in the months ahead, but I will no longer be a contributor to it. I have taken a new position and will be leaving the National Sporting Library & Museum in the next few weeks. I’m grateful to our readers for their support and interest; you have made this blog a tremendous success by sharing it with friends and family. We’ve come a long way, and I’m excited to know that Drawing Covert will continue to provide fascinating sporting content in the future. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.

Wedding Photography by Spiering Photography

John Connolly served as the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian at the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) from 2014 to 2019. The NSLM collections span over 350 years of the history of equestrian sport, as well as fly fishing, wing shooting, and other field sports.


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  1. Dear John,

    I am so sorry that the NSLM is losing such a valuable asset, and one who has made such a huge difference in the organization across the board.

    I am excited for you , in that you are
    going forward to a place where you will be able to continue to make a difference, and to pursue the work you love and are so skilled at.

    I want to thank you, for getting me involved with the NSLM. You were the hook, that reeled me into to this world.

    I have so enjoyed , not only being an Ambassador for the NSLM, but a regular volunteer as well. I have you to thank for that.

    Good luck in your new position. I know that you will be a success, and continue to make a difference, wherever you may be.



  2. John, Don’t know if this will reach you but good luck moving forward. I’ve enjoyed our exchanges and your documentation of NSLM’s goodies especially those involving my family and Foxcroft. Best to you, Rosalie (Haxall Noland Gambrill) Holman



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