Sweet Briar College will open its exhibition “Everyday History: Historical Artifacts from the Sweet Briar Collection” with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Benedict Gallery. The event is free and open to the public
The installation, which will be on display until May 20, will feature artifacts from the College’s history museum that have “particularly piqued the interest” of director Karol Lawson and gallery registrarial assistant Nancy McDearmon, Lawson said.
Lawson and McDearmon have been surveying the museum’s holdings, cleaning and reorganizing its storage areas, and streamlining displays.
“Objects and documents we may take for granted in the course of routine campus activities today may prove to be of historical significance to future scholars and curators,” Lawson said.
Such “everyday” objects caught hers and McDearmon’s attention as they began assessing the museum’s collections, and a new exhibit came to life. They selected items that reflect various aspects of Sweet Briar’s history and college life.
The result is an eclectic mix of memorabilia and artifacts, including the original 1908 drawing of the College’s official seal, drawn by Sweet Briar’s first art professor, Virginia Randall McLaws; the steel printing plate used to print the College’s diplomas until the 1950s; a brick from Benedict Hall, which was made on site with clay dug on campus; chimes used in the refectory, now Pannell Hall, to call the community to meals; early china designed for use in the refectory; an early clerk’s grated window from the College’s post office; and letters from Katherine Shenehon Child ’22 to her parents detailing her first year at Sweet Briar.
The exhibit will be on view until May 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, email [email protected] or call (434) 381-6248.