Presentations & Workshops

Bandboxes

Presented by Nanci Gasiel

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm

TWO WAYS TO ATTEND:

  1. Online Via Zoom (Log-in credentials will be emailed.)

  2. In-Person Watch Party at Renfrew (Limit 20. Masking & Distancing Required.)

$5 per person / Free for Friends of Renfrew Members

Registration will close at 12:00pm on the day of event.

Bandboxes provided lively color and pattern in the lives of eighteenth and nineteenth century Americans. These humble containers, made from cardboard or thin pieces of wood, sometimes outlived their original purpose and were reused for other storage needs. In addition to boxes, artisans used bandbox construction techniques to produce a wide variety of useful housewares and commercial packaging. Join historian Nanci Gasiel for look at bandboxes and other types of historic non-durable containers. Program will be presented virtually with twenty (20) spaces reserved for in-person viewing at the Renfrew Visitors Center. If attending in person, please note that masks and appropriate distancing are required.

About the Speaker

Nanci Gasiel has been researching the objects of everyday life in eighteen and nineteen century America for over thirty years. She believes in the power of everyday objects to connect us with the stories and lessons of the past. Nanci began her museum career at age twelve as a volunteer docent in a Chicago area open-air museum, not unlike Renfrew. Today, she continues her museum career as the Director of The Salvation Army Central Territory Museum in Hoffman Estates, IL. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from Culver-Stockton College and a MA in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Renfrew Museum and Park is pleased to present its new Historic Site Spotlight series! This bi-monthly program will feature fellow historic sites with similarities to Renfrew. Drawing on shared themes from architecture and preservation, to artifact collections, ethnic and agricultural heritage, community engagement and more, we’ll explore the vast landscape of the exciting things happening in our region and across the country together – virtually. In a time of great difficulty and challenge for local museums, Renfrew is committed to partnering with peer institutions in the field to increase awareness, interest, outreach, and support. Travel with us on this virtual adventure and discover new historic sites that you’re sure to love!

Historic Smithfield

Presented by Ryan Spencer & Kenna Jewell

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00pm

TWO WAYS TO ATTEND:

  1. Online Via Zoom (Log-in credentials will be emailed.)

  2. In-Person Watch Party at Renfrew (Limit 20. Masking & Distancing Required.)

$5 per person / Free for Friends of Renfrew Members

Registration will close at 12:00pm on the day of event.

Join William Preston’s Smithfield staff for an exclusive virtual tour of the Smithfield Manor home. This tour will introduce you to some of the most important stories and themes for Southwest Virginia and beyond. It will include a history of Smithfield, the Preston family, and the 200 enslaved individuals who lived at Smithfield. This tour will be presented by the Smithfield-Preston Foundation’s Executive Director, Ryan Spencer, and Operations Manager, Kenna Jewell. Join us and gain perspective from the past, insight for the present, and inspiration for the future.

About the Speakers

Ryan Spencer is the Executive Director for the Smithfield-Preston Foundation in Blacksburg, Virginia where he lives with his wife, Julia (a fellow historian). Before working at Smithfield, Ryan spent 13 years at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan where he served in several roles, including General Manager of Greenfield Village. Ryan is a graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Scotland with a Master of Letters in Museum Studies, and Hillsdale College in Michigan with a B.A. in history, literature, and education. Ryan graduated from the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) History Leadership Institute in 2012.

Kenna Jewell received her B.A. in Art History from Radford University followed by a Master’s in Material Culture and Public Humanities (MCPH) from Virginia Tech. In 2018, Kenna began her current position at Preston’s Smithfield as Operations Manager where she supervises daily museum operations, special events, educational programs, and serves as the staff and volunteer coordinator.