Join NSLM for Sunday Sketch on the first Sunday of the month, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each month a local art teacher or artist leads a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing. Supplies (pencils, paper, sketch boards, and clipboards) will be provided for attendees.The 2015 program begins on February 1 with Judith Mijares, art teacher at Providence Academy in Leesburg, Virginia. Judith is the art teacher for the grade school and has over 10 years of teaching experience. The May 3 session features by Dr. Gerry Kiefer, assistant professor of art history at Shenandoah University. Dr. Kiefer teaches drawing, modern art, history of photography, American Art, contemporary art theory and criticism, and art appreciation. March and April sessions will be announced soon!
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Participants will receive free admission to the Museum. Pre-registration is encouraged. To register or for more details, contact Educational Programs Manager Erin Livengood at 540-687-6542 x25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, February 1, 2015 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Judith Mijares of Providence Academy
The Library was closed last week for maintenance and the Museum remained open. What were we doing during our week closed? Let me show you.
There are quite a few ongoing projects that we have to update the Library and modernize our collection organization practices. One of the long-standing projects was the periodicals section in the Lower Level of the Library.
Our periodicals collection is of vital importance to researchers at NSLM. Over the past year, I’ve been working hard to reorganize the book collections that were stored on the lower level, as well as to process some backlogged donations. This cleared up enough space that we could finally reorganize and alphabetize our periodicals, leaving plenty of space for active subscriptions to grow. The reorganization took all week (and the weekend, too!) and wouldn’t have been completed in time without the help of one of our part-time workers, Emily. Emily does not have to go to the gym this week, she got a huge workout moving our back-issues of the Blood-Horse!
While I was occupied on the Lower Level, Nicole was busy adding to the permanent collection objects on display in this building. Several bare spaces now have attractive prints and paintings, and the Library definitely feels a lot more cozy now.
Nicole also replaced labels throughout the Library. A larger font size and alterations to the layout will promote legibility and give the entire Library a unified look and feel.
Our stairwell wall got a new layer of paint, and some fabulous vinyl lettering to direct visitors to the Lower Level. The lettering was designed and installed by Nicole, who had a very busy week.
We took the opportunity to open the massive case that houses the toy stable. It took three of us to get the case open. We came away certain that the stable is well-protected! It was in need of a good cleaning, and the coachman who had fallen over is now returned to an upright state. Many thanks to Nicole for restoring order in our miniature equestrian structure.
Lastly, we had new outdoor panels installed on the exterior of the building. These signs list our hours of operation, and I’ve been anxious to get them installed for quite a while now.
I hope you’ll come see us this week now that the Library’s open again!
In spite of growing up in rural Wisconsin, I have only been fishing a couple of times. I wasn’t very good at it. There seemed to be too much variety to have a chance of getting things right: lures, rods, fish varieties, and locations all seemed to be beyond me. I spent far more time hunting than fishing. But over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a chance to sit down and talk with Marcia Woolman, who will be hosting a fly-tying demonstration at NSLM shortly, and it’s unlocked the subject for me quite a bit.
It’s easy to get lost when you focus on the material objects involved in angling. For centuries, anglers have been expanding their options in search of flexibility. With her view beyond the plethora of options, Marcia gets to the heart of the matter: it’s about nature and how we interact with it. For much of Marcia’s presentation, the tie is an avenue for learning about nature. It’s really a lesson about all the players in the ecosystem; the life cycles of the mayfly and the fish, the changing of the seasons and the habits of all throughout the day. The successful angler will be the one who is most familiar with the habits of the animals in the ecosystem.
Since I live just a short walk from the Shenandoah River, I’ve been reading up on angling. Marcia’s been an inspiration: I may try fishing again this summer! I have a host of options for additional reading. The Chapman Collection is a huge resource on fly fishing.
Since I live so close to the Shenandoah, it makes sense to look up bass fishing first, as the Shenandoah is a haven for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. The Chapman Collection has quite a few titles on bass fishing, and many general fly fishing titles as well. The aggressive nature of bass also make it an excellent option for beginners. Perfect!
Marcia’s presentation, “Tying Flies for All the Right Reasons” will be on February 7 in the Library. We still have a few spots left, so contact me if you would like to join us!
In the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, I came across a rare gem, tucked away in the John H. Daniels Manuscripts Collection. It’s a poem called “The Bonie Moorhen: A Hunting Song.” The manuscript is an autograph manuscript by Robert Burns (1759-1796), the foremost national poet of Scotland. Burns wrote poetry and composed songs, and he also collected Scottish folk songs for publication. Many Americans haven’t heard of Robert Burns, but still sing his song “Auld Lang Syne” at the end of each year.
At face value, the poem is a hunting song about the difficulty of capturing a grouse in the wild. A local manages to win away with the grouse where all others failed.
However, there’s intrigue and romance afoot in this poem: The poem serves as an allegory for Burns’ relationship with Nancy McLehose, who exchanged letters with Burns in the 1780s. Nancy was estranged from her husband, and urged Burns to refrain from publishing the transparent song.
Do you want to learn more about Robert Burns? If you’re in the region, you should check out the upcoming event, Hylton in the Highlands at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on GMU’s Prince William Campus. This year’s festival is next Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The day-long festival celebrates Scottish culture with music, interactive presentations, exhibits, and food tastings.
Further, the Hylton Center also hosts a Burns Supper to commemorate the life and works of Robert Burns. The event is complete with a special performance by the musical duo Alan Reid and Rob van Sante, a poetry reading, Scotch whisky tasting and the presentation of Scotland’s “National Dish,” haggis.
We have two Fellows researching at the Library currently – Collin McKinney and Kathleen Crandell. We’ve already met Collin, so now we’ll meet Kathleen!
Where are you from?
Clarke County, Virginia
Do you have any institution affiliation (such as a university or museum)?
No current affiliation but I received my PhD from Virginia Tech.
What are you researching?
‘A historical perspective on the causes, incidence, management and treatment of laminitis in horses’ is my topic. My intention is to document the changes in the understanding and treatment of this devastating disease in equines throughout the centuries to present day. Although even today we do not know the exact mechanism for the second leading cause of death in horses and ponies, perhaps by looking at how it has been handled in the past will further the understanding of how to treat the animals today.
Why are you researching at NSLM?
Because of the excellent selection of books from centuries past on veterinary care of animals.
What is your goal with your research?
To write a comprehensive article on the topic for publication.
How did you find out about the Fellowship program and NSLM?
I have been a member of the National Sporting Library and Museum for over 20 years and saw the Fellowship advertised in the newsletter.
We’re happy to have Kathleen researching with us at the NSLM until the end of March. Feel free to leave a comment or question for her here!
We’re excited to announce our first NSLM bookmarks available at the Library! These limited-edition bookmarks are available for free to our visitors, and include images of artwork and illustrations found in the collections of the National Sporting Library & Museum. Collect all five; when these designs are gone we plan to have new ones!
Welcome to our newest John H. Daniels Fellow, Collin McKinney! We’d like to share a little information about our Fellows here so our NSLM community can learn about the researchers spending time with the collections in our Library. Fellowship Advisor, Erin Livengood, asked Collin a few questions, and here’s what he had to say:
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in California, but I have been living in Pennsylvania for almost 8 years now. I hate winter and so I am hoping that being a few hours further south will help me get through January and February.
Do you have any institution affiliation?
I am a professor at Bucknell University, and I teach in the Department of Spanish.
What are you researching?
My area of specialization is masculinity studies. We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, “What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” But I’m curious as to what the ingredients of a man might be. I am interested in the way that cultures construct masculinity and how individuals portray their own masculinity. I have published articles on masculinity and fashion, masculinity and sex, and even the facial hair trends of the nineteenth century. My current project deals with masculinity and sport.
Why are you researching at the NSLM?
If you research sport you realize that most sports have a symbolic connection with warfare. Even the way we discuss sport is loaded with militaristic metaphors. In the case of field sports the link is much more obvious. Hunting, riding, and dueling were all meant to hone the skills needed to be effective warriors. I plan to use the library’s collection of hunting manuals from the nineteenth century to look at the way these texts implicitly shaped popular notions of masculinity.
What is your goal with your research?
My plan is to publish an article about the link between masculinity and field sports in the nineteenth century. Eventually, I hope to publish a book on Spanish masculinity in the nineteenth century.
How did you find out about the Fellowship program and the NSLM?
I am on sabbatical and was looking at a list of fellowships on the MLA (Modern Language Association) website. The description of the Daniels fellowship and the collection at the NSLM seemed like a good match with my project.
Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted the Fellowship program in honor of the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, museum professionals, professors, and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the NSLM collections. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing.
We wish Collin the best of luck in his research here at the NSLM. Feel free to leave a comment for him here and look forward to meeting a new Fellow in just a couple months.
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“Drawing Covert,” refers to the practice in foxhunting of putting hounds in a covert (pronounced like “cover”), a thicket or wooded brush area, to find the fox.
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