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Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England Friday, May 11, 2012

Posted by kabery in CSLmade, history, Museum.


Book  Briann G. Greenfield, will discuss her book “Out of the Attic” at the State Library, Thursday, May 17, starting at noon in Memorial Hall.  Greenfield, an Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Public History Program at Central Connecticut State University, will trace the transformation of antiques from family keepsakes to valuable artistic objects. She uses case studies to examine the role of collectors, dealers, and museums in the construction of a new tradition based on the aesthetic qualities of early American furnishings.

For Greenfield, antiquing, particularly the practice of valuing old things for their aesthetic qualities is a relatively recent invention whose origins can be found in the early years of the twentieth century. She will talk about how the antiques business has developed and changed.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
12:00 p.m.  – 12: 45 p.m.
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

Greenfield’s talk will be presented in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford as part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series.  This series features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public and attendees should feel free to bring their lunch.



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