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OSV, HSEAD set to unveil research center

Wight house opening slated for October

The Historical Society of Early American Decoration will be operating a research center at OSV’s David Wight Jr. House, which is currently being repainted and fixed up for the Oct. 14 opening of the research center. (click for larger version)
September 22, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Two organizations that celebrate life in early New England are working together to assist each other, as Old Sturbridge Village officials announced Wednesday, Sept. 21, that the Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD) will open a research center at the David Wight Jr. House.

Members of HSEAD will commemorate the opening of the research center on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 with painting demonstrations, book signings, tours, and an auction. The festivities are the culmination of a yearlong partnership between HSEAD and OSV that is based on a mutual commitment to the preservation of early American decorative arts.

"This is a very exciting time for everyone involved with the Historical Society of Early American Decoration," said HSEAD President Sandra Cohen. "Last year, we were able to have our hand-painted recordings returned to us from a museum in New York City, and we were looking for a new place to display them. My first thought was Old Sturbridge Village."

Hand-painted recordings, also known as patterns, are one of many types of art that members of HSEAD study. They also research bronze powder stenciling, reverse glass painting, gold leaf decoration, theorem painting, and other related arts, and they have created an archive of original patterns and designs.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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