The Sargent House Museum Opens for the 2011 Season with a
Rejuvenated Interpretive Tour, New Art and Artifacts on Display,
and a Presence on Facebook and Twitter
Invigorated with a new interpretive story, The Sargent House Museum is now open for the 2011 season. Artifacts and artworks have been rearranged, and woodwork, walls, and the exterior of the building have been repainted, to illustrate the inspiring story of Judith Sargent Murray, and the visitors and occupants of her famous home.
Highlights of the renewed interpretive tour include a room devoted to the Reverend John Murray, Judith’s second husband, and a reinstallation of the John Singer Sargent Gallery, which features both paintings and drawings by the famed artist, as well as a unique opportunity to see one of his painting palettes.
Guests’ favorites, including Fitz Henry (Hugh) Lane’s Watch House Point, the glorious main staircase of the house (coveted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the early 1900s), and the Sargent family’s Paul Revere silver, are also still on view, integrated into the storyline of the home’s one hundred, thirty-five year residential history.
Seeking revitalization and dialogue with the community and visitors, the Sargent House Museum has a Facebook Page, highlighting upcoming events, the Museum’s collection, and Judith Sargent Murray’s writing. The Page enables followers to get updates from the Museum, and provides an opportunity for a two-way conversation between those behind the scenes and the general public. The Museum is also on Twitter, @TheSargentHouse.
“We’re looking forward to a fresh start with this new season,” said Barbara Silberman, President of the Board of Directors of the Museum. “We’ve spent the winter bringing new portraits out of storage, and making changes to the interior. We hope you will join us for a tour, an event on the lawn, or talk with us on Facebook and Twitter.”
Built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray—an early feminist writer, philosopher, and social activist, the Sargent House is a fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, enlarged during the Federal period, and converted into a museum during the height of the Colonial Revival.
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