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ISBN: 9781567923087 - Electra to the Rescue
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Electra to the Rescue

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Saving a Steamboat and the Story of Shelburne Museum

Valerie Biebuyck

ISBN: 9781567923087
Format: Hardback
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher Inc


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Nestled in Vermont's Lake Champlain Valley is a cultural institution unlike any other: among the first and Hnest museum collections devoted to American folk art. Shelburne Museum, founded in 1947, was the creation of the pioneering collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888…

 

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In Electra Collecting, Valerie Biebuyck brings young readers the captivating story of this trail-blazing visionary and her adventures in America's attic. Illustrated throughout with archival images and full-color photographs of items from the Shelburne collection, the book is a splendid introduction not only to a dynamic, unconventional woman but also to the rich, colorful world of Americana - the visual vernacular of our nation's people. Electra's enthusiasm was in many ways childlike, and she collected things that fire the imagination of children: rag dolls, cast-iron banks, embroidery samplers, miniature circuses - even a working paddle-wheeler. Here is a book that perfectly embodies Electra's lifelong mission: to teach, in a unique and fun way, the American tradition of craftsmanship and the often sublime beauty of simple, everyday objects.