Reclaimation: Sculpting History, an exhibition of student work, opens April 16th at the Old Orchard Museum! Download the invitation.
In the second year of the Witness Tree Project, students are working with trees from both the George Washington Birthplace National Monument and the Sagamore Hill National Park Service Website (the homestead of Theodore Roosevelt). The trees have offered a unique opportunity to explore presidential history, a popular approach to understanding the nation's past that involves not only the mapping of changing politics and policy but also the study of leadership, iconicity, and historiography. The places, lives, and careers of Washington and Roosevelt are ideal for this study, since they both were integral in defining the presidency as a lasting social institution. Guests have included Ted Widmer, Director of the John Carter Brown Library and former Clinton senior advisor, and Seth Bruggeman, Assistant Professor of History at Temple University and author of Here, George Washington Was Born. Students have made field trips to both Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and they are creating objects in studio that address the enduring significance of both Washington and Roosevelt in American public history.