|Thompson Chapel, Williams College (c. 1905)|
In late summer, my husband and I decided to spend a day together, sans children, and we headed east to Adams, MA–about an hour away–to visit the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Since we were literally right next door to the William’s College Art Museum, which has free entry, we decided to pop in. Two exhibits caught our attention: “Now Dig This: Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” and “Documenting a Nation,” featuring original copies of founding documents.
|Black Girl’s Window, Betsy Saar, 1969|
I was able to take this picture, before being scolded by a guard. Photography is only allowed of William’s College’s own art. Oops. Anyway, this piece was part of the traveling exhibit of 140 works by 33 artists, exploring the rise of the black community’s power in Los Angeles and across the country. Below is another piece, I found this photo on the college’s website. 🙂
|Bag Lady in Flight, David Hammons, c.1970|
What excitement when we realized that the museum had original founding documents on display! A happy accident for sure. I love American history, so it was a real treat.
|The Declaration of Independence: 1 of 26 copies of in existence .|
|The Constitution: 1 of 14 copies in existence (you can see hand-written notes on the back!).
|Modern portrait of Susan B. Anthony|
Eventually we made it to Susan B. Anthony’s Birthplace Museum, where we were pleasantly surprised to receive the most interesting and well-delivered tour, by a young intern no less. (Please excuse the photo quality–all are taken with an older model iPhone.) Anthony, along with Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Stady Canton, organized the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. She worked tirelessly until her death, fighting for women’s right to vote. She died in 1906, fourteen years before the 19th amendment passed Congress. (NOTE: Seneca Falls is a great destination with Women’s Rights National Park, which includes a Visitor Center and Stady Canton’s home, among other stops.)
|An original banner used in parades and at other events.|
|The birthplace gives a sense of what life would have been like during Anthony’s childhood.|
Some of the displays were really beautiful, show-casing artifacts from the time period, very few of which, however, are original to the home when Susan would have lived there. The family moved to Rochester when she was seven, taking all of their possessions with them.
I just loved these old hats–especially the top hat. Made me think of Lincoln, of course. (Awesome movie, by the way, if by some chance you haven’t seen it. Daniel Day Lewis is Lincoln!)
I didn’t take any pictures of the posters and other interpretive info, but it was all really informative and interesting. We highly recommend this little museum, which costs just $6/person. Click here for more info.
Heading home, we took the route that led us to Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. Rockwell Road, off of Route 7 takes you to the entrance, and then you can drive right up. We parked for just a few minutes so we could take in the view.
A view from the road, driving away from Mount Greylock. Love the sun on the meadow.
Once back on Route 7, we headed north and ate at a really good restaurant just outside of Williamstown: The ‘6 House Pub & Tavern. The ‘6 stands for 1896. I had the most delicious salmon–yum! We ended our day happily–cultured and full 🙂 .
Bye for now,