Saturday May 7th from 9 to 11 a.m. “Discovering the Hidden Layers of Historic Paint in Your House” is a hands-on workshop teaching participants the methods and technologies to make the paint discoveries. John Vaughan will also demonstrate examples of laboratory color matching and microscopic examinations. Participants are encouraged to bring a painted element from their homes to work on during this unique workshop. Vaughan is the principal of Architectural Conservation Services (ACS) in Bristol and has worked on well-known properties such as Thomas Jefferson’s Montpelier, the Mark Twain House and the Harriet Tubman House & Church.
Saturday May 14th from 9 to 12 noon “Bookbinding: For The Love of Books” is a hands-on workshop introducing the art of bookbinding. Heidi Benedict will teach participants to make their own handmade phase box (protective wrapper box) for their most precious historic books or papers. In addition, each participant will also bind a small blank book by hand to take home. Benedict is the Archivist for the Roger Williams University Library. If there is sufficient interest, more advanced bookbinding workshops will subsequently be offered.
Founded in 1936 to promote interest in historical research and preservation, to stimulate the study of the history of Southern New England, especially the Town of Bristol, to collect and preserve whatever pertains thereto, and to provide museum quarters for the exhibition of the same and a meeting space for our members.