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October 2016 Source Guide
Places: Serving Up the Centuries
People: Revolutionary Builder
Skills: To Dry and Preserve Herbs
A Practical Settee
In the early 1800s, furniture-makers experimented with new forms of the Windsor chair. Notably they mated a bench set on rockers with a removable gate to make a practical settee for mothers minding both baby and chores. As antiques, they are surprisingly affordable.
The spirit of a patriot awakened historic longings in lifetime West Coast residents Joe and Linda Harris and transplanted them in New England soil. Now they are caretakers of that patriot’s pre-Revolutionary New Hampshire home.
Patterns on Paper
Centuries ago, Asian and Oriental artists discovered how to float ink or paint on water and transfer it to paper, creating colorful, flowing, abstract patterns. Early Western printers perfected the art to embellish the best books. A practicing artist shares the secrets of traditional paper marbling.
The Right Thing to Do
Bo and Diana Osborn spent decades restoring Barton Hall, the Greek revival masterpiece built for one of northern Alabama’s richest plantation owners. Bo shared it with us not as a restoration showpiece—which it is—but in tribute to his late wife.
Only the Best Need to Apply
Planning a major museum exhibition takes years, hard work, and often a bit of luck. We offer a peek behind the scenes—from conception to opening night—by following a tall-case clock from relative obscurity in a small-town library to center stage at the Yale University Art Gallery.
After their children discovered Mooresville, Alabama, JoAnn and Jules Plucker happily settled into a historic house—but ran out of space as their family matured and grew. Rather than add to their old house, they built anew—and now can’
t convince visitors the reproduction house hasn’t stood for centuries.
To Talk of Many Things: Oysters
Oysters grew so plentiful along the East and Gulf Coasts that Natives and early Americans ate millions—and made fortunes pickling and canning even more for export. Endangered and dangerous by the early 20th Century as overharvesting, pollution, and disease took their toll, the succulent mollusks are making a comeback, though mostly in farms.