Start with the Plumbing

Start with the Plumbing By Vonda Givens, Executive Director An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes …

Collections News: Howe to Succeed In Business

Collections News: Howe to Succeed In Business by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation Using the metalwork aesthetic that Gustav Stickley was developing and promoting in the first decade of the 20th century, Benedict Studios rapidly transformed itself from a maker of silverplated goods into a manufacturer of domestic metalware goods in the latest …

Peach Season

Peach Season By Kristen McCauley, Senior Manager of Education and Interpretation Don’t you just love the summery sight of a bowl of brightly colored, fresh-picked peaches on the kitchen counter? It’s peach season here in NJ and we’re looking at the history of the New Jersey peach, and its connection to Gustav Stickley’s early twentieth …

Collections News: Additional Clews to Stickley’s Taste

Collections News: Additional Clews to Stickley’s Taste by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation As it turns out, there are a few things I have trouble resisting. Near the top of the list is almost any pun about ceramics followed closely by the thrill of tracking down Staffordshire transferware that Stickley owned and displayed …

Collections News: Some Clews to Stickley’s Taste

Collections News: Some Clews to Stickley’s Taste by Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation Amongst the holes we’ve been eager to fill at the Museum since the opening of last fall’s exhibition Circa 1917: Rediscovering Craftsman Farms are the historical pieces that Stickley owned which greatly expand our understanding of the Log House interior …

Surprise Craftsman

Surprise Craftsman by Vonda K. Givens, Executive Director November 20, 2021 was the day it had to happen. We had to find a house to purchase. Two previous offers had fallen through, and meanwhile the sale of our house was moving at lightning speed (its closing date was less than a month away). On November …

From the Director’s Chair: Fall For Stickley, Part 2

From the Director’s Chair: Fall For Stickley, Part 2 by Vonda K. Givens, Executive Director (Part 1: https://www.stickleymuseum.org/from-the-directors-chair/). Tropical Storm Isiais swept through Craftsman Farms in the early afternoon on August 4 and brought irreparable destruction to the Annex. Connected by a corridor to the Log House (the Stickley family home), the Annex (at left, …

From the Director’s Chair: Fall For Stickley, Part 1

From the Director’s Chair: Fall For Stickley, Part 1 by Vonda K. Givens, Executive Director Aside from being a seasonal play on words, I see the museum’s “Fall for Stickley” program series as an invitation to become acquainted, and possibly even enamored, with this property and the vision of its founder, Gustav Stickley. Authentic, peaceful …