Museum Exhibitions

Magna Carta exhibit comes to the UNH Law Library

Posted April 6, 2016

An exhibition about the Magna Carta is coming to the UNH School of Law in Concord from April 11 to April 22.

Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 is a traveling exhibit created by the American Bar Association and the Library of Congress. It is open to the public from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Groups larger than 10 interested in viewing the exhibit should contact Sue Zago, Law Library Director, for an appointment. There is no admission fee.

The exhibit includes up to 16 large banners with images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video, and other artifacts highlighting the impact of the Magna Carta on modern democracy.

In celebration of the visit, the law school’s chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will be hosting a symposium, open to the public on Tuesday, April 12. The evening will begin with a reception with refreshments at 5:15 pm in the Intellectual Property Library on the 3rd Floor of the UNH Law Library in Concord. Lectures at 6:00 pm in Room 204 will follow. The exhibit will be installed in Intellectual Property Library for the event. RSVPs to Sue Zago are much appreciated.

Further details about the Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015 traveling exhibit are available from the American Bar Association online. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Library of Congress, and Law Library of Congress.

New Museum Exhibit Celebrates Traditional Dance in NH

Posted January 15, 2016

Exhibit runs from January 15 to March 11, 2016, in the University Museum.

Gents Bow - Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance in the Monadnock Region, 1750-2015

The exhibit features the music, artifacts, and stories that document the long and continuous tradition of country dance in the Monadnock Region - from the days of the early settlers to the present.

Drawing on photographs, early records, stories, documents, and music, the exhibit will take the viewer on a journey from the community dances of the 18th century, kitchen dances of the 19th century, and the days of Ralph Page and his Orchestra in the 1940s.

Featured in the exhibit will be an audio compilation of music and text developed and curated by Randy Miller who wrote the authoritative book, The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire. A selection of materials from the UNH Library’s New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Dance will accompany the traveling exhibit.

The exhibit was created by the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, with support by a grant from the NH State Council for the Arts.

The opening at UNH corresponds with the Ralph Page Legacy Weekend, an annual celebration of New England dance traditions dating back to 1988. To mark the occasion the exhibit, along with an accompanying sale of dance related books, periodicals, and sound recordings, the exhibit will be open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 16th.

For information on hours or , visit our University Museum page. The University Museum is located on Level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion

Posted September 3, 2015

September 18 - December 18

Take a peek at what lies beneath, in Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, a new textile exhibition at the University of New Hampshire Museum.

Past exhibitions have focused on lovely gowns and surface details, but Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, the latest effort by guest curator Astrida Schaeffer, lifts skirts and unbuttons bodices to reveal the true ‘Victoria’s secrets’ — the corsets, hoops, bustles and more, that shaped and supported the changing silhouettes of women’s clothes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Some of the foundation garments displayed are designed to reshape the body, while some added to the body to change the profile. Early corsets and their precursors, called “stays,” were stiffened with reeds, cords, or whalebone (actually baleen) as a means of supporting the torso and bust. As technology advanced in the mid-19th century steel boning became the norm and the hourglass figure emerged as a result of steel’s shaping qualities.

According to Schaeffer:

Contrary to urban legend, that didn’t mean fainting ladies and rib removal; the exhibition makes the case that much of what we think we know about what it was like to live in a corset is a myth. In fact women lived quite active lives while corseted and could even be fairly athletic.

Where corsetry physically altered the body, hoops and bustles affected women’s shapes by building out artificially from it with cages of steel and other materials. The exhibition showcases a range of these items, as well as contemporary attitudes towards women's’ fashionably ballooning forms.

The core of the items on view comes from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at UNH, which holds some 700 textile pieces donated to the university by Bowen. These pieces were originally gathered as teaching tools for the home economics dressmaking classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s to the 1940s.

In addition, generous loans from collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses help fill out the story of how women’s clothes were shaped by their underthings.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University Museum and funded in part by the E.Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.

The University Museum, located in the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. Closed November 11, & 26 to 28.

Visit our Museum page for directions, parking information, photos, and more information on the exhibition and related programs.

Media contact: Dale Valena
University Museum, UNH
603-862-1081

Edwin & Mary Scheier Exhibit in Portsmouth

Posted April 28, 2015

April 30th – October 2nd, 2015
Edwin & Mary Scheier: Mid Century Modern New Hampshire Artists
UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, Guest Curator

Exhibit Location: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Experience a world of art and craft that began during the depression in New Hampshire. This is a collaborative exhibition with Portsmouth Historical Society, at the Discover Portsmouth Center. The collaboration is through the loan for UNH Scheier pottery through guest curator Dale Valena. There are around 80 pieces from private collectors and institutions such as UNH Special Collections, the Museum of Art at UNH, the Currier Museum of Art, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

“While the focus is on Scheiers’ Mid-Century New Hampshire years, we’ve gathered examples of their full careers as artists. The life and art of these two remarkable people is a great New Hampshire story, and we hope it delights and inspires!” explains UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, guest curator.

Ticketed gala opening reception will be on April 30th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.