100 OBJECTS, 100 STORIES, 100 YEARS to Open 9/6 at Fruitlands Museum

100 OBJECTS, 100 STORIES, 100 YEARS to Open 9/6 at Fruitlands Museum

A unique exhibition celebrating the centennial of Fruitlands Museum, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum, will be on view in the Art Gallery and around the campus, September 6, 2014 through March 29, 2015. The exhibit will highlight not only the one hundred most popular objects in the museum's diverse collections, but also the important role that Fruitlands has played in the community during the last one hundred years. Each of the museum's five collections - the Land, the Shakers, the Transcendentalists, the Native Americans, and American Art - will be represented in this first-ever publically curated Fruitlands exhibit.

The centennial exhibition will include one-of-a-kind fascinating examples of New England's past, some with poignant local flair. Among the objects are:

* 4000-year old soapstone bowl that was found in a nearby field reminding us of the deep Native American past in the area. King Philip's War Club from the 17th century, a Lakota feathered bonnet, and a stunning bear-claw necklace are highlights of the Native American Collection.

*Louisa May Alcott's letters, childhood toys, clippings of her hair, and the farmhouse attic that inspired the garret scenes in her most famous work, Little Women.

*A rare pair of terrestrial and celestial globes constructed in 1836 that were once owned by educator and philosopher Bronson Alcott, father of the famous literary family.

*Primary source documents and original manuscripts associated with the Alcotts and other Transcendentalists. Henry David Thoreau's personal bookcase and desk are also on view.

*Shaker artifacts included Mother Ann's Chair, the striking c. 1850 yellow ochre Shaker Apothecary Cabinet and an 1836 plan of the Harvard Shaker Village.

*Albert Bierstadt's View of Mount Ascutnety from Claremont, New Hampshire as well as work by fellow Hudson River School painters Frederic Church, George Innes, Alvan Fisher, among others.

"It's our 100 best objects, as selected by the people, who know us and love us best," says Fruitlands Executive Director Wyona Lynch-McWhite. "We asked people who were visiting, as well as folks who were watching our website and following us on Facebook, to vote on their top 100 objects in the collection. Once the objects were selected, members and other constituents contributed their favorite personal stories or memories related to the collection. The results are eloquently captured in the centennial exhibition and the accompanying book."