Presentations & Workshops

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CANCELLED - PRESENTATION: The Bell Family - A Pottery Making Dynasty

Presented by Nick Powers, Curator of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Offered as TWO SESSIONS on Saturday, March 28, 2020 

MORNING from 10:30am to 12:00pm
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AFTERNOON from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Free Admission. Advance reservations required. RSVP by completing the web-form below or call us at (717) 762-4723.
Waynesboro’s John Bell was one of the most accomplished potters of nineteenth century America. But he was also one member of a multi-generational pottery making dynasty that stretched from Pennsylvania through Maryland and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Join us as we place John Bell’s career into the context of his larger family, including his father Peter and brothers Solomon and Samuel, among others.
Following the lecture will be an in-depth look at sherds, kiln furniture, and other artifacts recovered from the John Bell Pottery in Waynesboro, part of the collection of the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies (NCSS). Guests will also be able to view an extensive collection of original Bell Family pieces in the Renfrew Visitors Center gallery and purchase a chance to win fine reproductions handcrafted by ceramicists including Lynette King, Jack Handshaw, James Smith (previous NCCS Executive Director), Mike McIntyre, and Anne Aden. Additional Bell reproductions will be for sale in the Renfrew gift shop.
About the Speaker: Nick Powers is Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, he graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in History. In 2014, he graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. At the MSV, Powers researches, exhibits, and lectures on the museum’s collection of Valley fine, decorative, and folk art, as well as the comprehensive collection of museum benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910-1992). Powers is the author of several articles on Shenandoah Valley and Southern decorative arts and material culture.
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WORKSHOP: Scherenschnitte

Presented by Bill Hammann
Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wagon Shed Room – Visitors Center
1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
$20 per person / $10 for Renfrew Members
Limit 15. Reservations required.
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Scherenschnitte, a centuries-old scissoring tradition was brought to America as early as the 1700’s. German immigrants continued this art in the New World. Pennsylvania Germans used it as a medium for valentines, marriage and birth records, and love letters. Learn the basics of this beautiful craft with instructor Bill Hammann as you cut your own delicate images turning plain, ordinary paper into a historically-inspired work of art.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Bill Hammann is a retired Army Chaplain who lives in Blue Ridge Summit, PA.  Bill is a longtime supporter of Renfrew Museum and Park and actively teaches scherenschnitte classes at the Blue Ridge Summit library.
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PRESENTATION: Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the State’s Top 100 National Historic Landmarks

Presented by Mindy Gulden Crawford
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:00pm
Wagon Shed Room – Visitors Center
1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268
$5 per person / Free for Renfrew Members
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Join author, historian, and professional preservationist Mindy Gulden Crawford as she shares highlights from her fascinating new work Historic Pennsylvania: A Tour of the State’s Top 100 National Historic Landmarks (Globe Pequot, 2019). Historic Pennsylvania is a carefully curated travel guide featuring the most intriguing and significant of the state’s nationally recognized historic landmarks. During her talk, Mindy will explore several landmarks associated with Pennsylvania-German heritage and agricultural sites, examining their national significance. Books will be available for purchase. Tour the Keystone State and travel back in time with Historic Pennsylvania!
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mindy Gulden Crawford is Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s only statewide, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of historically and architecturally significant resources. Mindy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York College coupled with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College has opened up many opportunities for work and volunteering. A part-time job typing National Register Nominations in 1982 turned into a long career for Mindy. She has been the Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania since 2006, after spending 24 years at Historic York, Inc. (20 years as Executive Director). She is an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg and York College of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.
In her spare(?) time, you’ll find Mindy exploring the Lincoln Highway and other old roads looking for great roadside architecture and searching for the perfect plastic snow globe. You might also find her wearing seven layers of period clothing to participate in Civil War dancing or living history events with her husband, Rodney.