Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 7pm – 8pm
Contrary to popular beliefs, the Ohio frontier was not a remote backwoods devoid of style. Trade via the rivers and lakes, and later, the canals, provided easy access to all manner of goods produced in eastern urban centers and in Europe. While early Ohioans did import great quantities of goods, they also produced equally great quantities of goods as well. Using both documentary evidence and surviving objects, we’ll examine the wide range of goods both made and used in on the Ohio frontier, and how trade networks and consumer choice played key roles in the furnishing of frontier homes.
This presentation is co-hosted by the Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) and The Castle Historic House Museum.
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About the speaker: You’ll encounter few folks with as much passion for old stuff as Andrew Richmond. After receiving degrees from Kenyon College and the prestigious Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, he spent more than a decade in the world of antiques and fine art auctions. During that time, he handled hundreds of thousands of objects, and helped sell everything from million-dollar paintings to a mummified bird to Benjamin Franklin’s pocket watch. Andrew is a recognized expert in the antiques and art field, serving as a regular appraiser on WKET TV’s Kentucky Collectibles, and he’s conducted numerous appraisal events around Ohio and beyond.
He regularly engages in serious academic research on American decorative arts, and has lectured widely, including at such venues as Colonial Williamsburg’s Antiques Forum and the Winterthur Museum’s Furniture Forum. Andrew has published numerous articles and has curated two landmark exhibitions on the decorative arts of his native Ohio. He serves on the boards of several museums and decorative arts organizations. Andrew lives along the Ohio River with his wife (and regular writing partner) Hollie Davis, their two children, three cats, and a dog.
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