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Category Archives: Museums

Ventfort Hall Mansion
and Gilded Age Museum

September 25, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age MuseumStep back in time with a visit to Ventfort Hall Mansion and see how the Rockefellers and their peers “roughed it” in the country with their Gilded Age, Berkshire cottages.

America’s “Gilded Age,” occurred between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. It was period of upheaval and rapid economic growth that benefited wealthy tycoons and corrupt industrialists over the working class.

The wealthier class were drawn to the Berkshires by both the beautiful countryside and the famous artists and writers who preceded them. Literary and art world luminaries like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Lenox, MA was the center of this scene. Ventfort Hall is just one of seventy-five such Gilded Age “country cottages” that were built here during the period.

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From Rags to Riches at The Crane Museum of Papermaking

July 8, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Crane Museum of PapermakingThe Crane Museum of Papermaking may sound like a real yawner until you learn that Crane & Co not only make the paper for our country’s currency, they’re the only ones to do so since 1879!

As you likely know, United States currency is printed on a kind of fabric, not paper made from wood. It is made of recovered rags, known as rag paper: a combination of cloth and linen cloth. The resulting material is stronger, tougher, and feels better than wood-based paper.

You may have also noticed the red and blue fibers in the background of your U.S. bills. The very nature of rag paper makes it easier to add these and other kinds of security elements. Crane & Co are the only ones to have made this special paper for the United States for 140 years and counting.

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