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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

New Haven Museum: “Road Trip!”

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

Remember the excitement of piling into the car and heading out on the open road with family or friends? Whether you got your kicks on Route 66 or Connecticut clam shacks along Route 1, you’ll enjoy a journey through the New Haven Museum’s new exhibition, “Road Trip!” A celebration of the architecture, food and fun found on the byways and back roads of America, the adventure will run through June 17, 2017.

The “Road Trip!”  exhibition focuses on the joy of trading speed and convenience for the excitement of exploration and discovery of the unexpected. In the early 1900s, Americans took to the road in their cars even before a network of hard-surfaced roads existed. According to guest curator Mary M. Donohue, the fun of the great-American road trip is that the drive is often as important and memorable as the destination. “Road Trip!” includes vintage photos of quirky roadside attractions, souvenirs and mementos crowdsourced from Greater New Haven residents, artifacts from the Connecticut Historical Society, Museum of Connecticut History, the American Diner Museum, and even a 1960s-inspired, turquoise-and-white diner booth, specially built for the exhibit by the New England Seating Company. The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, and will run through June 17, 2017.

The exhibition is anchored by large-scale photos from Richard Longstreth’s book, “Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard’s Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant,” which served as inspiration for the exhibition. The architectural historian and historic preservationist notes, “My primary concern in photographing the roadside landscape was documentary—to provide a long-term record of places that would soon disappear.” Traveling over 60,000 miles during the 1970s, with the interstate highway system in its final stages of construction, Longstreth raced against time to document the “mom and pop” motels, diners, gas stations and oddball amusements that beckoned along the way. Roadside architecture wasn’t validated as a topic worthy of scholarly study at the time, but he believed that its day would come. His dedication to providing a lasting record of these highway attractions that served motorists from the 1920s to the late 1960s shines through the photographs chosen for this exhibition.

Using objects as diverse as a classic red plaid Thermos, c. 1955, a 1970s, tabletop jukebox, (loaned by Clark’s Dairy and Restaurant, in New Haven), and swizzle sticks, matchbooks, ashtrays and cocktail forks that will either prompt memories or conjure images from “Mad Men,” the exhibition explores how Americans were sustained and entertained while seeking adventure on the open road. Some of the more humorous mementos range from a 1970 Guide to Washington, D.C., to souvenirs from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, including a plastic Michelangelo’s “Pieta” souvenir from the Vatican Pavilion, and a Dinoland drinking glass.

Among the items crowdsourced for the exhibition are those of area residents, creating a treasure trove of 20th-century, road-trip bric-a-brac, including a vintage Howard Johnson bank, a Pennsylvania Turnpike ashtray, and even a Heinz Pickle magnet. Reminiscences of road trips taken by residents of Greater New Haven are included in YouTube videos created for the exhibition.   

“Road Trip!” also includes a look at the 20th-century African American travel experience. Until the late 1960s, African American travelers were never assured that they would be served at restaurants, or allowed to rent rooms at motels. In 1936, Victor H. Green, an African American mailman in New York City, published “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a travel guide to businesses that would serve Black customers. On the cover was the motto “Carry your GREEN BOOK with you…You may need it.” The “Green Book” ultimately listed an array of businesses: hotels, tourist, night clubs, restaurants, service stations, and beauty parlors. Not restricted to places in the South, the guide covered most states and larger cities, and by 1940 included seven cities in Connecticut. Road Trip! includes related items, including a reproduced copy of a “Green Book,” that the public can leaf through, brochures loaned by a New Haven traveler and a copy of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book telling the story of an African American family on a road trip from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s.

Though largely focused on travel during the 20th century, “Road Trip!” also includes objects and video reminiscences from more recent journeys, including a 2012 cross-country road trip with a mother and son; a trip to the southwest in 2012, and a cross-country trip taken by one young couple to raise awareness about military veteran’s needs,

Road Trip! also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), legislation enacted in response to growing awareness and concern over the destruction of historic sites caused by building interstates and urban renewal. Unprecedented growth after World War II put historic buildings at great risk from massive public-works projects. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966, the NHPA put in place safeguards and incentives to preserve the nation’s historic places and provide the American people with a sense of place and connectedness. The act formally recognized historic preservation as a governmental concern and encouraged Americans to see historic buildings and neighborhoods across the country as vibrant repositories of our collective history. “

“Road Trip!” is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Richard L. English Fund.

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Every Day until June 17, 2017

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave. New Haven 203-562-4183 www.newhavenmuseum.org

Hours:

    Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – 12 – 5 p.m.
    Free 1st Sundays: 1-4 p.m. We are open to the public every first Sunday of the month free of charge.
    The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.

From Robber-Baron Ostentation to Practical Simplicity: New Capitol America Exhibit at New Haven Museum
As all states have their own character, so, too, do their capitol buildings. New Haven Museum’s newest exhibit, “Capitol America,” includes photographs of the nation’s capital buildings, many of them sites of both architectural beauty and historical conflict. A project by New Haven professional photographers Robert Lisak and David Ottenstein, the show will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, with a reception at 6 p.m., and remain open through Friday, June 30, 2017.


“Capitol America” is a show of contrasts—black and white, light and dark, workaday function and Gilded-Age splendor—with large-format photographs encircling the New Haven Museum’s own elegant rotunda, and a slideshow on a tablet computer. The “secular, civic temples” featured in the photographs range in style and feeling from classical elegance, to robber-baron ostentation, to practical simplicity, reflecting the historical moment in which they were built—during times of budgetary excess or restraint—and something of the nature of the people of the state.


From the 19th-century flamboyance of “manifest destiny” to the 20th-century sculpture of the “Little Rock Nine,” the exhibition explores the history and nature of the continually evolving American experience through the architecture, artifacts and furnishings within and without the halls of governance.

Thursday, May 04, 2017
Every Week until July 01, 2017

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