Guest Speaker: Andrew Richmond Andrew Richmond is the president and CEO of Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals in Sunbury, Ohio. With degrees in history from Kenyon College and American Material Culture from the Winterthur Program/University of Delaware, Andrew’s passion is the decorative arts of Ohio. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and has curated two major exhibitions: Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860 and A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts 1860-1945. He also serves on the boards of several museums and decorative arts organizations.
Topic: Big, Heavy, & Brightly Painted: The Decorative Arts of Ohio’s Germanic CommunityDuring the nineteenth century, the sound of German being spoken was a common occurrence throughout much of Ohio. During this time, thousands of immigrants left their homes in Germany, Switzerland, and Alsace and came to America, bypassing the populated Eastern seaboard, and choosing, instead, to settle in the agrarian heartland. Others came from existing Germanic communities in the Eastern United States, particularly Pennsylvania, and came west where land was cheap and fertile. Along with their language, these immigrants brought with them a rich material cultural tradition. Because of their language and religious beliefs, the communities that these immigrants formed often remained isolated from mainstream American society. As a result, they continued to produce furniture and other decorative arts in styles that had long fallen out of fashion elsewhere.
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