Stickley Museum 30 years
30 years of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. It’s a big milestone for a small museum. I hope you’ll join in the celebration by visiting our FREE annual Open House, Sun., Oct. 13, 2019 during The Stickley Weekend. Consider this your personal invitation and read on to learn more about the museum and this special event…
In 1989, Craftsman Farms, the early 20th century rustic country estate of Gustav Stickley, was rescued from private development by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The Township set the property on a path to public use through a partnership with the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (then called The Craftsman Farms Foundation, Inc.). The museum was entrusted with the preservation, interpretation, and daily operation of the property, which was designated a National Historic Landmark the following year.
Since then the museum has worked diligently to preserve Craftsman Farms and welcomed thousands of visitors every year, sharing Gustav Stickley’s vision for Craftsman Farms, which was his dream home and the embodiment of his Craftsman ideal.
The museum commenced its 30th Anniversary celebration with the January launch of a major construction project: the rehabilitation of an original Stickley-era garage, to become the museum’s new Education Center. And the celebration will continue with The Stickley Weekend, which will include the museum’s annual Open House, Scholars Symposium and its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Craftsman Gala.
If you haven’t been a part of The Stickley Weekend before, the Open House, is a great place to start. The free Open House provides an informal introduction to the museum and its mission. Regular tours are suspended for the day and visitors are invited to stroll at their own pace through the interior of the Stickley family home, the Log House. The museum has a dedicated group of well-trained volunteer docents, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide hourly “Spotlight Talks.” Visitors will want to take extra time in the dining room, which currently houses a special exhibition exploring “The American Arts and Crafts Chair.”
The Open House also will feature a visit from special guest artisan Nawal Motawi, founder of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Craftsman Farms was designed around Gustav Stickley’s great passion for handcraft. With that in mind, the museum has begun inviting a contemporary artisan, whose work evokes a kinship to Stickley, as well as great skill, to join us for this annual event. Motawi will be on hand to discuss ceramics and the Tileworks, which seeks to make the world a better place by making beautiful things and by modeling healthy business practices. The museum’s shop will be stocked with beautiful, handmade crafts from the Tileworks and from other American artisans and gift items, from jewelry and candles to museum souvenirs.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 13 and join us!
by Vonda Givens, Executive Director, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms