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January 2016
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park
19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth ME 04605
The Woodlawn News  

After a busy December, January has been a month of settling in to our winter routine.  We have kept busy preparing the 2015 annual report, planning for our annual meeting, developing the 2016 program calendar and lining up dealers for this year's Ellsworth Antiques Show in August.   

Even though the Black House is now closed for the winter, recent snowfalls have kept our grounds busy with daily visitors wanting to get outside for exercise and fun.  We enjoy looking out from our office windows and seeing families with their little ones, sleds in hand headed to the front lawn.  Please keep this in mind as you are driving in. Also, on weekends our parking lot can be busy, so park with that in mind and be aware that there may children running about.  
Maine Humanities Council Director Visits Woodlawn 
Hayden Anderson
 Executive Director
 Maine Humanities Council   

Hayden An
derson, Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council visited with a number of nonprofits in Hancock County on January13th.  Woodlawn enjoyed hosting Anderson and several organizations for lunch and conversation. Attending the luncheon were Brook Minner, Executive Director, Northeast Historic Film, Gail Thompson, Executive Director, The Grand, Carl Little, Director, Communications & Marketing and Cathy Melio, Program Director, Maine Community Foundation, Todd Little-Siebold, Woodlawn Trustee and Professor of History, College of the Atlantic, and Walter Smalling, Woodlawn Trustee.

Anderson has been director of the Council since 2012 and has been making his way around the State to meet with leaders of area nonprofi
ts to learn firsthand about their projects, ideas and concerns. To learn more about the Council, click here
City of Ellsworth to bring Winter Carnival activities to Woodlawn  

Woodlawn is pleased to support the City of Ellsworth's Recreation Committee's Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 13.  The festivities at Woodlawn begin at 10 a.m. with the popular Cardboard Sled Races and rides on the Woodlawn trails with the Ellsworth Snowmobile ClubStar 97.7 will be conducting a live radio broadcast and the Patti Cakes dessert truck will be on site selling all sorts of tasty treats. 
Visit the Woodlawn YouTube Channel to see a video of the trail rides offered by the Ellsworth Snowmobile Club.
Woodlawn 2016 Calendar of Events 
January and February are the months when we develop the annual program calendar of events, workshops and programs.  We look to offer a broad range of arts, crafts, and lecture topics each year.

Have we offered a class in the past that you particularly enjoyed? Have we offered a class in the past that you were not able to attend but would like to if we offered it again?  Do you have a suggestion for a program or class that you have not seen offered at Woodlawn? Would you enjoy teaching a class?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we'd like to hear from you.  Please e-mail Anne Russenberger-Keefe, director of education and program development at Woodlawn, educator@woodlawnmuseum.org

From the Woodlawn Collection

In the dining room at the Black House, are several impressive steel engraved prints by Alexander Hay Ritchie (1822-1895), known to be one of the best historical print makers of the mid-19th century. Steel engraving plates started being used for line printing in the 1820's. It replaced copper plates for many prints as it offered a harder surface allowing for more impressions to be made before the plate showed signs of wear. It also allowed for much finer detail to be engraved.

This Ritchie print, Lady Washington's Reception Day, depicts a Daniel Huntington painting, commissioned in 1861 with the intent that it be used for reproduction as a marketable print. It reflects Lady Washington on the dais for one of her Friday evening receptions in Philadelphia (temporary U.S. capital 1790-1800). These formal, social events were attended by notables, many of whom can be recognized in the print.

This print was created in 1865 at the close of the Civil War. This was a time when many Americans held the ideal of earlier times and the President and Mrs. Washington in the highest esteem.  
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