“A Day in the Life” Summer Camp
Summer Camp is set for July 23 – 25, 2019.
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Summer Camp is set for July 23 – 25, 2019.
The McFaddin-Ward House, an AAM accredited historic house museum in Beaumont, Texas, is offering a paid summer internship in its collections and education department. Built 1905-1906, the Beaux-Arts Colonial mansion was the home of Mamie McFaddin Ward, who left it as a historic house museum in 1982. The museum, which opened in 1986, ranges over three city blocks and includes the main house, carriage house, visitor center, administrative office, and collections office building.
Position Summary: The intern will gain experience in all areas of a historic house museum and will spend hands-on time in collections, archives, and education.
Duties May Include:
Collections management: Organizing, cataloging and digitizing archives and photographs, collections and interpretation research, data management, storage upgrades for museum collection, object photography, environmental monitoring, and inventory.
Interpretation/Education: Working with Summer Camp and junior interpreters, planning onsite and outreach programs, organizing teaching collection.
Qualifications: Applicant must have a strong interest in any or all aspects of the museum field, including work in archives, museum collections, interpretation, and education. Ability to do precise and detail-oriented work, knowledge of proper museum artifact handling and computer literacy, and good writing skills are required. A bachelor’s degree, or coursework, training, or equivalent experience in museum studies, museum education, history, art history or art education is preferred. Interns must provide their own housing and their own transportation.
Employment Period: Ten (10) weeks at 40 hours per week, with a $2,900 stipend (taxes will be withheld). Flexible work dates between May and September. Office staff is willing to assist with necessary paperwork for interns to obtain course credit.
Deadline for Submission: Friday, April 26, 2019
How to apply: Submit a cover letter and current resume, including the contact information of three references, by mail, email, or FAX to:
725 Third Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Phone: (409) 832-1906
FAX: (409) 832-3483
The McFaddin women adored china. Mamie McFaddin Ward and her mother Ida owned some thirty-six sets! Not all were dinnerware, however. They included breakfast, tea, and dessert sets too, and they happily used them all.
New exhibits featuring ceramics from the McFaddin-Ward House Collection are now on display at the Visitor Center.
The exhibits are of select Dresden and fine china and dinnerware. The pieces originate from factories in Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the USA. This is a rare chance to see a large sample of plates all at once. The exhibit will be on display through Summer 2018.
One man’s hobby is another man’s museum. Well, at least for energy industry mogul J.P. Bryan of Houston. For more than 40 years, Bryan and his wife Mary Jon collected a vast array of 70,000 objects from the Old West. Fine china, saddles, art, books, documents, artifacts from the Battle of San Jacinto. The collection traces the development of the American West across 2,500 years of civilization. After years accumulating more, the Bryans finally decided to move their collection from three of their homes into their new museum in Galveston. A historic building at 1315 21st Street houses the Bryan Museum. Known as the Galveston Orphans Home, builders erected the home in 1895. Just five years later, the great storm of 1900 heavily damaged the building where many children died. Operators rebuilt the orphanage and operated it until 1984. The remains stood for a very long time waiting to be resurrected by someone like J.P.Bryan.
Mr. Bryan will speak at the McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center On May 11, 2017. As always, our lecture series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00. No saving seats, please.
The McFaddin-Ward House is proud to bring New York writer Jamie Brickhouse back home to Beaumont to speak for its 2017 Lecture Series. Mr. Brickhouse is the son of Earl and Jean Brickhouse, a prominent couple in Beaumont’s past philanthropic circles and social society. His memoir, entitled Dangerous When Wet, details his life growing up with a flamboyant mother, coming out as a gay man, plunging into addiction, and finding redemption getting sober. He will present his lecture, “From Page to Stage” at the museum’s Visitor Center on March 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
“A blisteringly funny, wrenching account of wrestling way too close to – and later loose from – booze, sex and drugs and his adorable, infuriating mother. Bravo!” —Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liars’ Club
“Whoever said you can’t get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most.”
So begins this astonishing memoir – by turns both darkly comic and deeply poignant – about this native Texan’s long struggle with alcohol, his complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and his sexuality.
Jamie Brickhouse is a writer, performer, and public speaker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze Sex and My Mother. It’s “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir; Amazon named it a “Best Book of May 2015,” and Book Chase named it a “2015 Nonfiction Top 10.” It received stellar reviews from publications such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, and The Washington Post. Brickhouse has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, Out, Amtrak’s Arrive, Lambda Literary Review, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Australia’s The Daily Life, The Fix.com, the Latin American travel magazine Travesía, Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, and is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post and POZ. He has appeared on the national radio shows “The Michelangelo Signorile Show,” “The Marilu Henner Show,” “The Mother Love Show,” KPFA San Francisco’s “Book Waves with Richard Wolinsky,” and Northeast Public Radio’s “The Book Show.”
Brickhouse, a comedic storyteller, debuted his solo show based on Dangerous When Wet in New York City at The Tank’s 2016 Pride Fest and will be performing it at the FRIGID NYC Festival in February and March 2017. He is a two-time StorySLAM champion of The Moth, the acclaimed, not-for-profit worldwide organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, a Literary Death Match champion, and has performed at live storytelling shows throughout New York, including Risk! He has also performed stand-up comedy and recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon TV show Beavis and Butthead.
Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions. He is founder and CEO of redBrick Agency, a lecture bureau for authors. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he is a graduate of Trinity University (San Antonio) and the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course). Brickhouse lives in New York City with his common- law husband Michael. He is at work on his next book, I Favor My Daddy, a memoir about his father Earl. You can friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @jamiebrickhouse, or visit www.jamiebrickhouse.com.
The McFaddin-Ward House hosts lectures throughout the year on the second Thursday of almost every month. Exciting topics, interesting guests, always free. For up-to-the minutes details and complete information on our topics, scroll through our events listings or call our office at 409-832-1906.
Painter. Life Magazine War Artist. War correspondent. Author. Romantic. Friend. Texan Tom Lea lived a long, illustrious life to the age of 93. Despite his accomplishments, Tom Lea was largely unknown outside Texas when he died on January 29, 2001. His work had taken him to every continent, but he always returned home to El Paso far from current fashions and art world trends. Tom Lea never sought the approval of a critic or the favor of a museum director. He placed the majority of his paintings after World War II in the private collections of his personal friends.
Adair Margo will speak to a probable packed house at the Visitor Center on October 13th, 2016. She has devoted her life to the telling the world about Tom Lea. Founder of the Tom Lea Institute, Margo is a champion of the arts herself. She is former Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under George W. Bush. She shared a life-long friendship with Tom Lea, but it was after recording his oral history that her appreciation grew deeper. Margo serves on numerous prestigious arts boards, and she has devoted her life to the legacy of Tom Lea.
We are honored to have Ms. Margo speak at our museum. We invite the public to hear her remarkable lecture and to attend the reception that follows.
For more information about the artist and the speaker, please go to http://tomlea.com/
The McFaddin-Ward House is proud to bring a Tiffany Art Glass expert to its 2016 Lecture Series. Paul Doros authored a book called The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany describing some of the artist’s most celebrated pieces. He will speak about Tiffany at an upcoming lecture on September 22 at the McFaddin-Ward House Visitor Center.
Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts. Artists and collectors know him best for his work in stained glass, and historians associate Tiffany most often with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. He considered his Favrile glass his signature artistic achievement which he produced between the 1890s and 1920s. Now highly collectible, the glass underscores one-of-a-kind quality. Tiffany’s glass workers blew and decorated each piece by hand.
Paul Doros’ book explores the full range of Tiffany Studios’ diverse and innovative styles. In his talk, Doros will showcase photographs of Tiffany’s world-class pieces. He will highlight a variety of unique masterpieces like the delicate Flowerform vases and the dramatic Lava vases. Doros will also give a history of the Tiffany glasshouse where gifted glass workers and scientists worked. He will show never-before-published documents and archival photographs of Tiffany and his family. The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany showcases the mastery and vision behind remarkable works.
Paul Doros is a renowned scholar on the life and work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. He was the first curator of glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art, located in Norfolk, Virginia, and authored the 1978 publication, The Tiffany Collection of the Chrysler Museum at Norfolk. Experts widely consider this collection the finest of Tiffany blown vessels that any public institution holds. He went on to work in the Twentieth Century Decorative Arts Department of Christie’s from 1978 to 1988. Paul hosts The Tiffany Studios Resource Center web site (tiffanystudios.org) and has even appeared in a segment of the PBS program “History Detectives.”
You may meet Mr. Doros after the his lecture at a reception which the museum will hold in his honor.
For more information about the book and the author, please go to http://www.tiffanystudios.org/
THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL
WHICH FORK DO I USE? / DON’T TALK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL! / EXACTLY HOW DO I FOLD THIS NAPKIN???
The McFaddins were all about social graces and minding their manners. Come to the McFaddin-Ward House this summer for lessons! Get tips on conducting yourself at the table, proper conversation, introductions, even how to dress to impress!
For Ages 10 – 14
Cost: $25 which includes lunch, of course!
Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 6, 2016
For more information, call Sandy at 832-1906
MCFADDIN-WARD HOUSE KID’S CAMP IS BACK FOR 2016 AND BETTER THAN EVER!
CLASSES ARE LIMITED, SO SIGN UP TODAY.
THREE DIFFERENT CAMPS, THREE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES FOR AGES 8 TO 12:
June 22, “McFaddin Round-Up” – Howdy, Partner! Ranching is in the McFaddin Family blood. Find out about ranch life, both work and play. Meet animals and learn about their care, then sing around the campfire! 9:00 a.m. – NOON Cost: $15
July 20, “Let’s Play Games!” – Games make life so much more fun as the McFaddin Family well knew. Just look at their third floor! Learn how to play games, both old and new. Test your talent for everything from brain teasers to athletic feat. 9:00 a.m. – NOON Cost: $15
August 10, “Lights, Camera, ACTION!” – In this camp, you’ll make a movie like they did in Hollywood’s Golden Age. When camp is over, take it home and show it to your family and friends. 9:00 a.m. – NOON Cost: $15
The art scene in Southeast Texas is alive and well. Does that surprise you? For more than a century, great masters have lived among us, leaving behind brilliant works and respected reputations. We at the McFaddin-Ward House are proud to keep legacies alive through education and community events. This month is no exception as our 2016 Lecture Series continues. The McFaddin-Ward House is excited to host leading museum authority, Sarah Beth Wilson, who will speak about Southeast Texas’ hidden treasures in her lecture entitled “Golden Triangle Greats: A History of the Arts in Southeast Texas”.
The Golden Triangle is known around the world for its crucial role in oil refining. It all started when the Lucas Gusher blew in 1901 and birthed the modern petrochemical industry. What most locals don’t know is that Southeast Texas has been a hotbed for artists since the 1800’s…those who possess a wealth of original genius. Ms. Wilson’s presentation will explore the genesis of the Golden Triangle art scene. She will highlight pivotal figures like John Alexander, Katherine Green Baker, Patricia and David Cargill, Maudee Carron, Lorene David, Frank Gerrietts, Lilian Hayes, Herman Hugg, Jerry Newman, Will-Amelia Sterns Price, Robert Rogan, Richard Stout, Lynn Sweat and many others. These greats helped establish Southeast Texas as an integral part of the history of art in the Lone Star state.
Sarah Beth Wilson is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, http://www.amset.org/. Prior to coming here, she worked at various galleries in Houston and taught art history with Lone Star Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both art history and museum studies from Baylor University, Waco, Texas (2006), and attended Texas Christian University for graduate school, where she was awarded a full fellowship, travel grants and graduated with her Masters of Arts in art history (2009).
YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND!
ADVENTURES IN COLLECTING ANTIQUES, PORCELAIN, POTTERY, AND GLASS
The 2016 McFaddin-Ward House Lecture Series continues with a special evening of antiques. If you love collecting old objects, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Antique, Art, Pottery, Porcelain, and Glass expert, David Lackey, brings his knowledge and talent to the McFaddin-Ward House in its continuing 2016 Lecture Series.
Speaker, David Lackey graduated from Baylor University, dealt in antiques for several years, then did intensive study at Christie’s Fine Arts in London. He has been a collector for most of his life, starting at the young age of 6 when he received an antique penny bank in the shape of a house. This simple gift ignited David’s passion for collecting old objects, and he began to shop with his parents at flea-markets and garage sales. By the age of 12, he was selling at weekend antiques fairs and to other dealers who appreciated his keen eye for quality items.
David Lackey presently owns an antique shop in Houston, creates his own art, and can be seen appraising collectibles on the enormously popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Please join us for this enlightening lecture and find out how he determines what your special “something” is worth.
For more information on David Lackey, please visit our news site at https://mcfaddin-ward.org/category/news/
Our lectures are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. We take the first 90 visitors who arrive. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.