June 25, 2022

Harris Shares Museum Events With B101.5

Executive Director of University of Mary Washington Museums Scott Harris

Executive Director of University of Mary Washington Museums Scott Harris

Executive Director of University of Mary Washington Museums Scott Harris spoke on an episode of Town Talk on B101.5 Radio. Harris shared information on events at Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio and the James Monroe Museum. Listen to the segment.

 

Town Talk: UMW Museums (B101.5)

Harris Interviewed on ‘Town Talk’ About UMW Museums

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

UMW Museums Executive Director Scott Harris recently went on “Town Talk with Ted Schubel” to provide an  update on happenings at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and the James Monroe Museum. Listen here.

Harris Discusses Local Museums Reopening on Town Talk

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris appeared on Town Talk with Ted Schubel on WFVA, joining Washington Heritage Museum’s Anne Darron to discuss how the pandemic and social unrest has impacted local museums – and what the future looks like. Listen here.

Harris Interviewed on Town Talk

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris discussed upcoming programs at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and the James Monroe Museum downtown on Town Talk with Ted Schubel. Listen here.

Town Talk: Scott Harris/UMW Museums (WFVA; B101.5)

Harris, Catron Interviewed for Article on Belmont Staircase

The horseshoe staircase at Belmont, home of Gari Melchers.

The horseshoe staircase at Belmont, home of Gari Melchers.

UMW Museums Executive Director Scott Harris and Belmont Assistant Director and Curator Joanna Catron were interviewed for an article in The Free Lance-Star about the restoration of the “horseshoe staircase” at Belmont.

Some stories are quick turnarounds I can share mere hours after learning the details.

Today’s story—about the removal and restoration of the “horseshoe staircase” at the front of Gari Melchers Home and Studio in Falmouth—is not one of those. That’s partly due to COVID-19 delays, but also because of having to digest more than a century of history.

The staircase was likely commissioned in Philadelphia around 1850. The company doing the restoration, Keswick-based Stokes of England, has done work for Prince Charles, the sultan of Oman and Patricia Kluge.

In an earlier column, I mentioned that a restored steamboat pilothouse in the Northern Neck had been voted one of Virginia’s most endangered artifacts. That brought a message from Scott Harris, the executive director of museums at the University of Mary Washington. He said the horseshoe staircase railing at Belmont was among the first artifacts to get that designation a decade or so ago.

I joined Harris and Joanna Catron, the assistant director and curator at Belmont, to examine the staircase. The wrought-iron railing was most likely installed in about 1850 by Joseph Burwell Ficklen, the owner of the estate at that time. Read more.

COMMENTARY: George Washington’s complex relationship with James Monroe (The Free Lance-Star)

Town Talk: Scott Harris/UMW Museums (Newstalk 1230)

Harris Discusses UMW Museums on “Town Talk”

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

University of Mary Washington Museums Executive Director Scott Harris

UMW Museums Executive Director Scott Harris appeared on “Town Talk with Ted Schubel” to discuss the challenges that museums are facing during COVID-19 and the virtual events planned in the coming months for Gari Melchers Home and Studio and the James Monroe Museum. Listen here.