Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day Ketterer Ltd will sponsor the exhibition "The Sheila Markley Black Collection"

THANK YOU to Day Ketterer Ltd. for sponsoring our next Keller Gallery exhibition "The Sheila Markley Black Collection" opening March 27!

In addition to the wonderful dresses that will be display, there will also be fabulous shoes:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fancy fashions

Work has begun on selecting what will be included in the next Keller Gallery exhibition The Sheila Markley Black Collection opening on Friday March 27.

The hardest part of this entire process is deciding what is in and what is out.  Yesterday my volunteer Kathy and I created four sections to organize the exhibition.  They are:
  • Evening Gowns
  • Cocktail Dresses
  • Designer Suits
  • The Little Black Dress
Our goal is to narrow it down to 10 examples of each category, sprinkled throughout several decades, for a total of 40 ensembles in the exhibition.  There are also some hats and shoes which we will also display in cases.

It is very exciting to be able to display one person's collection in a thematic exhibition like this!  We are very grateful to Sheila Markley Black for donating her amazing clothing collection to us.  We heard from her today and she is planning to attend the opening on March 27.  If you'd like the chance to talk to a textile collector about her amazing finds, mark your calendar!

Although final selections have NOT been made, these are some of the pieces in the collection (photos courtesy of Kathleen Wieschaus):

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dirty hands

My job can be so strange sometimes!

Today I received the following image of "dirty hands" to approve for the new guy in the Gas Station:

Aren't they so cool? And creepy? And PERFECT?

I also had to pick where I wanted his face smudged.  This was a rough idea of where they will be:

The numbers are backwards because I had to reverse the image.  He will be facing this way, so his left side will be what visitors see.

Who knew there was so much detail involved in getting this right?!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! And a look back at 2014

Today is the first day of the first full work week of 2015.  Christmas decorations are coming down, plans are underway for January events, and there is a feeling of excitement and renewal around here!

Last year was an extraordinary year for the Museum.  Purchasing this little beauty was definitely a highlight:

But there were lots of other great things too.  We had some wonderful exhibitions in the Keller Gallery:

We added this guy to the Street of Shops:

We got a grant to conserve two more of Ida McKinley's dresses:

We did our first series of preservation workshops:

And we launched a brand new website:

Our events and programs were great, in spite of a few lousy weather days (for McKinley Day and the Car Show).  We had a great bus trip to Marietta, outreach programs all over town, and some fantastic donations to the permanent collection.

All in all, it was a fabulous year for us!  And we're looking forward to all the great things to come in 2015.

Stay tuned!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gas Station mechanic coming to the Street of Shops in 2015

We are excited to announce that the next figure to be added to the Street of Shops will be a mechanic in the Gas Station!

This is the head we picked today from Dorfman Museum Figures:

We will be having them add a 5 o'clock shadow so he looks a bit "scruffy."  He will be wearing worn coveralls and will be slightly bent, looking into the engine of the Model A at the Gas Station:

Thank you to Rachel Schneider who funded the figure in our Capital & Replacement campaign in memory of her husband and former board member Dick Schneider.

Look for him in early 2015!

Next up in the Keller Gallery -- The Sheila Markley Black Collection

This collection of vintage textiles was collected with a sophisticated eye by a single fashion connoisseur. This exhibition will feature exquisite dresses, suits, shoes, and hats collected by local attorney Sheila Markley Black. 

Black has donated more than 300 pieces of vintage clothing to the Museum over the past few years.  From Chanel suits to Christian Louboutin shoes, each piece in her collection is an outstanding example of refined taste and classic style.

The exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday March 27.  It will be on view through July 5.

Here is a sneak peek of what you'll see in the exhibition!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Use Shop for Museums when you shop online this holiday season

Wow! Santa found all these great gifts at AND gave free donations with each purchase to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum? What a great holiday this is!

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