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Protecting Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection: Climate, fire, security, and lighting upgrades for Dorset House
Richard Kerschner, Shelburne Museum
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=PF-50479-14
Birds of a Feather: Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection (Exhibition)
Title: Birds of a Feather: Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection
Curator: Kory Rogers
Abstract: Culled from the Museum’s renowned decoy collection, this exhibition features eighty decoys by master artisans A. Elmer Crowell, Charles “Shang” Wheeler, Albert Laing, and Lemuel T. and Samuel Ward, among others. The exhibition includes thirteen different bird species, ranging from black ducks and Canada geese to swans, herons, and shorebirds. Operating under the principle that “birds of a feather flock together,” decoys are designed to lure game birds into gunning range by physically mimicking waterfowl in safe waters. Carvers of decoys are often hunters themselves, but they are no less naturalists and admirers of the beauty and diversity of their prey.
The decoys on exhibition will be permanently displayed in Dorset House after the restoration is completed in 2017.
The exhibition ran from 11/21/2015 through 6/19/2016.
Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Shelburne Museum's Decoy Collection
Abstract: Dr. Denenberg presented to an audience of waterfowl decoy partisans in this Duchess County NY club, referencing the NEH grant in jump-starting the Dorset House project which seeks private funding to complete the project.
Author: Dr. Thomas Denenberg, Director, Shelburne Museum
Location: The Tamarack Preserve Millbrook NY