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Furniture Study Days

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


If you’ve ever wanted to turn one of our chairs upside down, pull out drawers to examine construction details, or learn how a rotating tilt-top tea table really works, this is an opportunity for you!

We are pleased to announce that MCHA is partnering on two Furniture Study Days on Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12.
The two days are being organized and conducted by Dr. Philip D. Zimmerman, a nationally recognized authority on early American furniture, with support from the MCHA staff. Space is limited so that all participants can examine our furniture closely and under strong light.
Wednesday, April 11 will begin at our historic Middletown campus at Marlpit Hall, with lunch served at the Taylor-Butler House. Then participants will travel on their own to our Covenhoven House in Freehold, ending the day at our Museum on Court Street. On Thursday, April 12 participants will meet at our Museum in Freehold and travel on their own to our Off-Site Storage Facility. Both days are expected to run from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Cost of each study day will be $120, including lunch ($15 total deduction for those attending both days). MCHA will receive a portion of the ticket sales. Please respond to Dr. Zimmerman directly, he can be reached via email at philip.zimmerman@fandm.edu. A waiting list will be maintained if the two days are over-subscribed.

About Dr. Zimmerman:

Last fall, Zimmerman served as a consultant to the Association as we planned for the furniture cataloging initiative that has resulted in 158 pieces from the collection being available on our internet eMuseum site at monmouthhistory.emuseum.com. An attachment to this announcement describes the program. He has published several books on American furniture, and has also authored more than fifty articles on the subject that have appeared in such publications as American Furniture, The Magazine Antiques, and Winterthur Portfolio. Zimmerman holds a doctorate in American and New England Studies from Boston University, and a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture of the University of Delaware. Before forming his own business in 1992 that serves institutional clients and individual collectors, he served as Director of the museum collections division at Winterthur, Executive Director of the Historical Society of York County, and Curator of the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH. He has taught at New York University, Franklin & Marshall College, and The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Decorative Arts.


April 11
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Dr. Philip Zimmerman


Marlpit Hall
137 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748 United States
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