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Harold Holzer with the Lincoln Prize 2015.  Photo by Don Pollard.

Harold Holzer with the Lincoln Prize 2015. Photo by Don Pollard.

Dr. Thayer Tolles

Dr. Thayer Tolles

MONUMENT MAN: THE LIFE & ART OF DANIEL CHESTER FRENCH WITH
HAROLD HOLZER & THAYER TOLLES

AUGUST 8, 2019 at 11:00am at The Mount - 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA

(Discussion will take place at The Stable)

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Kirkus Reviews: Book Review Here

“Artist Biographies” is a joint program of The Mount, Chesterwood and the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lincoln scholar and prize-winning author Harold Holzer discusses his new biography of Daniel Chester French with Dr. Thayer Tolles, curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) is America’s best-known sculptor of public monuments.  Full of rich detail and beautiful archival photographs, Monument Man is a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory.

Monument Man was specially commissioned by Chesterwood / National Trust for Historic Preservation to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Chesterwood, his country home and studio, as a public site and with a major renovation of the Lincoln Memorial. The book includes a comprehensive geographical guide to French’s public work.

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Thompson Mayes

Thompson Mayes

Richard Guy Wilson

Richard Guy Wilson

“Mayes has framed the context of historic preservation for the next generation. Whether you’re a student, an activist, a professional in the field, or just care about your community, there is no better way to understand the ‘why’ of historic preservation than by reading this superb book.”
— — Donovan D. Rypkema, President, Heritage Strategies International

WHY OLD PLACES MATTER WITH THOMPSON MAYES & RICHARD GUY WILSON

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Sunday, August 18th from 11am-12pm, at the The Mount - 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA

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This program is co-presented by The Mount, Chesterwood, and the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Join Thompson M. Mayes Acting Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation in conversation with Architectural Historian Richard Guy Wilson.

Why Old Places Matter reveals the fundamentally important yet under-recognized role old places play in our lives. While many people feel a deep-seated connection to old places — from those who love old houses, to the millions of tourists who are drawn to historic cities, to the pilgrims who flock to ancient sites throughout the world — few can articulate why. The book explores these deep attachments people have with old places –the feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architecture.

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