Category Archives: Museums

“Het leven is kort, dus wees goed!”

Traversing the canals and dikes of the Netherlands in April 2006, I was charmed by windmills, espaliered linden trees, step-gabled houses, and Delftware flower pyramids. But nothing compared to seeing Petronella Oortman’s dolls’ house at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Contained … Continue reading

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The Rockettes Are Right: From Subway To Steeple, New York City Is The Place To Be At Christmas Time

There are a million things to do in December, but the most thrilling of all take place under a glittering 900-pound star topping a 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce tree. It’s time for another Christmas installment of our “15 Hours in … Continue reading

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See What Happens When You Give A Librarian $100

Leave it to a librarian to come up with an idea so good that Dayton, Ohio will celebrate it all next year. Linda Clatworthy was head librarian at the Dayton Public Library from 1905 to 1913. Her library had sponsored … Continue reading

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If Only She Could Talk About Her Days In Venice, Her Trip Across The Alps And Her Stay In Russia

At Columbus School for Girls, students learn wearing a neat seasonal uniform of Campbell or Black Watch plaid skirts, white blouse, sweater and loafers. To keep things unobtrusive and non-distracting, school policy limits accessories to basic pieces like a watch, … Continue reading

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“I Hope You Have A Nice Time At The Park Today. Come Back Again Soon.”

Treasured buildings from days gone by. Ingenious objects attesting to American innovation. An attractive setting for learning by doing. There’s nowhere finer to experience this appealing take on the open-air history museum than Greenfield Village, Henry Ford’s famed creation in … Continue reading

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A Conventionalized Magnolia In The Westcott House: Contentment Itself!

Two major developments have occurred at the Westcott House — Springfield, Ohio’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home — in the six years since my last visit. One, you can now take non-flash photographs inside. Two, a splendid collection of Arts and … Continue reading

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“The Kinds Of Dirt Are Three”

“The Brain will look that up. Kathy, that’s you.” Perfect to borrow whenever the need arises, this statement was what an enthusiastic volunteer named Hallie said to her fellow docent at a fabulous find I made recently. Let me tell … Continue reading

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