It's about time to visit Morven Museum & Garden for "Striking Beauty: New Jersey Tall Case Clocks, 1730–1830"
In an 1804 newspaper advertisement, Trenton clock and watchmaker William J. Leslie touted that he was "Not from Paris, London or Boston – But a Native of New-Jersey."
Spanning the colonial and post-revolutionary period, clockmakers ran their shops with the assistance of apprentices and often enslaved labor. Some carried on the clockmaking tradition through several generations, often working multiple trades, including silversmithing. Explore the five-gallery exhibition to see the most comprehensive look ever given to the ingenious work of New Jersey clockmakers. Clocks are on view from New Jersey cities and towns such as Elizabeth, Newark, Burlington, Flemington, and Salem, and more.
On Thurs., Apr 20 at 5:30 p.m., Morven Members are invited to join us for the Striking Beauty Opening Reception. This free evening allows invited guests to mingle, connect, and view the special exhibition before it opens to the public the following day. To RSVP, Members should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members and non-members alike should save the dates for upcoming programming related to Striking Beauty scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition in 2023 and early 2024. To kick things off, join us for Perspectives in Identifying New Jersey Clocks, an illustrated talk by exhibition advisor Steve Petrucelli, on Sun., Apr 30 at 2 p.m. Then, on Weds., May 24 at 6:30 p.m., explore the human and environmental impact behind the rich mahogany exteriors of early American tall case clocks with social and environmental historian Dr. Jennifer Anderson at The Costs of Luxury: Mahogany and Tall Case Clocks in Early America. Both programs are hybrid, offering virtual and in-person options, with discounts for Morven Members and students.
Image credit: Joseph Hollinshead, Sr. (c. 1749–1765)
Funding for Striking Beauty has been provided, in part, by The Hess Foundation, Liza and Schuyler Morehouse, The George H. & Estelle M. Sands Foundation, Robert N. Wilson and Michele Plante, Fulton Bank, Lisa and Michael Ullmann, and Anonymous support provided by way of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Morven Museum & Garden received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
ABOUT MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN
Most historic sites celebrate one notable resident. Morven is unique in that it was home to many remarkable people. Built in the 1750s and home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Stockton, Morven was home to five generations of Stocktons, then Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. before becoming New Jersey's first Governor's Mansion and home to five New Jersey governors, their families and staffs, witnessing nearly 300 years of history. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gardens are open daily until dusk.
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