Linden Place Exhibit
“Junk from the Trunk; Game On!” Exhibit at Linden Place Features Vintage American Toys of the 1950’s and 1960’s
Linden Place Museum is hosting “Junk from the Trunk”, a rotating exhibit of DeWolf and Colt family memorabilia, throughout the museum’s 2012 tour season. These displays from the museum’s own collection will introduce visitors to never before seen research, artifacts, photographs, and documents, giving a whole new perspective on the history of this fascinating Bristol family.
Linden Place’s “Junk from the Trunk” exhibits also explore universal themes, such as childhood, work, and recreation, related to Linden Place as well as the experiences of others from the time period and today.
Currently on display through July 6 is “Game On!” A look at American made vintage toys from the 50’s and 60’s. They represent a look at a period when board games were the popular form of entertainment for families and reflected American themes of sports, sputnik and the history of the West. The games and toys presented belonged to John Miglietta, the grandson of Ethel Barrymore Colt and great grandson of Samuel Pomeroy Colt. John Miglietta spent summers at Linden Place as a child.
This special exhibit is included in museum admission. Linden Place is open for tours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and by appointment. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and $5 for children.
About Linden Place:
Built in 1810, Linden Place is a magnificent example of Federal Period architecture and it is extremely important with respect to U.S. social history. Four U.S. Presidents visited Linden Place and the great stage and film star Ethel Barrymore once summered here as did Samuel Colt, scion of the gun inventing Colts of Hartford, Connecticut who started United States Rubber and Industrial Trust Company (later Fleet Bank). The DeWolf/Colts who built Linden Place and occupied it for seven generations served in the U.S. Senate and were instrumental in both the War of 1812 and the transatlantic slave trade. As the only DeWolf ‘great house’ extant, Linden Place has become central to discussions of northern complicity in the triangle trade.
Linden Place also provides cultural enrichment to the Rhode Island and south coast communities from hosting music concerts, lectures, and tours to our summer arts camp for children. Known as “Bristol’s Living Room”, Linden Place hosts local schools and assists fellow non-profits with their programming and fundraising efforts through donated use of its ballroom.
For further information please visit the Linden Place website at www.lindenplace.org or call 401-253-0390.