the PENDULUM The Newsletter of the Pound Ridge Historical Society & the Pound Ridge Museum Winter 2015 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Joyce Butterfield, President Jo Ann Langham Dann, Vice President Joyce Matern, Treasurer Melissa Verdier, Recording Secretary Ruth de Sola Mendes Corresponding Secretary TRUSTEES Matthew Bromley Larry Brotmann Xenia D’Ambrosi Susan Grissom Denis Harrington Regina Kelly Curtis Lew Mary Miranda Timi Parsons Jennifer Stahlkrantz Josina van der Maas Alan Wechsler Ebie Wood Jane Wood Ed Condon, Town Historian & Liaison from the Landmarks & Historic District Commission HONORARY Richard Major Donald Spaulding Jay Harris Edward Hand Volume XXXIV Number 1 2. EXHIBIT AND SALE OF QUILTS February 7-28 The Pound Ridge Historical Society will host an exhibit and sale of quilts from February 7 through 28. The quilts have been made by Barbara Glab, Judy Gignisi, Nancy Mirman, Sonhild Rodney and Judy Simek, all members of the Northern Star Quilt Guild. The quilts range from a contemporary style to the traditional type of quilt that has been part of the American heritage for centuries. The Museum will be open for viewing and sales from 1 to 3 P.M. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from February 7th to the 28th. A quilt is a three-layer “sandwich” with a front that is usually decorated’ a back, and filler in the middle, usually called batting. These three layers are held together by small stitches (called quilting) or by tying thread or wool through the layers. The front can be appliqued — a layer of fabric sewed onto another layer of fabric — or pieced, where two fabrics are sewn together by hand or machine. Initially, quilts were utilitarian covers for beds. Often they were made from patches of clothing — hence to term “patchwork” to describe a quilt. As the populace became more affluent, fabric was purchased to make quilts and the quilts themselves became more decorative and less utilitarian. In the late 1800s, intricate quilts called Baltimore Albums were made, crazy quilts (made with decorative hand stitching) became popular and fabrics other than cotton — such as silk and wool — were used. Then, during the Great Depression when money was scarce, feed sacks were used to make quilts. While quilting has always been popular, the Bicentennial of 1976 spurred a renewed interest in the craft. New tools such as a rotary cutter and the cutting mat made the work much simpler and faster, and quilts started appearing on walls as well as beds. Today, many quilters still make traditional quilts for beds, but the wall quilt has become very popular. Techniques such as beading, painting, and stamping have joined with stitching to create an almost new genre, the “art quilt.” This area of the country has been very fortunate to have the Northern Star Quilt Guild, which was started in 1981. The Guild hosts a quilt show, The World of Quilts, the first weekend in May (May 2-3, 2015), has a speaker at the monthly meetings and sponsors quilting workshops throughout the year. The education provided by the Guild has been instrumental in the journey of the five quilters who are exhibiting at the Museum. The 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War Remembered on February 21 & 22 Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Pound Ridge Historical Society is pleased to present a program by Ed Isaacs at the Pound Ridge Library from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 and 22. The presentation will feature a display with a Civil War diary. Mr. Isaacs, a retired fire fighter from Norwalk, Connecticut, came into possession of the diary of his greatgreat-grandfather, George E. Dixon, born in Poundridge. During the Civil War he was stationed in Washington, D.C. Dixon was a Civil War sergeant in Company C of the 14th Regiment Veterans Corps, the regiment that was assigned to guard, and eventually take part in the executions of several of the Lincoln assassination conspirators in 1865. Just prior to his discharge, he was present to witness first-hand a chronicle of American history. During his final service in Washington, D.C., he served as sergeant of the guard at the penitentiary in Washington where the people implicated in the death of President Abraham Lincoln were kept, and later was in charge of the guards at the execution of Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, George Atzerodt and David Herold, who were involved in the assassination plot. In one excerpt he describes: “I was in the court room during the day while the witnesses were being examined. I saw the bullet that killed the President, also the pistol and two carbines, Booth’s photograph and the boot that was cut open to take it from his broken leg by Dr. Mudd.” George E. Dixon resided in Poundridge. He was well-known to the people of Stamford, and was the driver for an old mail and passenger stagecoach line for many years. Born in Poundridge on December 2, 1834, he attended the schools in that district. This program provides an unusual opportunity to become acquainted with a unique event in George E. Dixon Diary our American and local history. 3. Third Grade Heritage Bus Tour Exploring the barnegat. Pound Ridge Elementary School third graders were treated to an extended Historical Society bus trip in November that included a stopover at one of thel landmarked properties along the route. The homeowner kindly guided the students through the cemetery, his home, the barnegat and even the outhouse on the grounds. They learned that a barnegat (Dutch for “fire hole”) is a kiln, in this case used to make lime out of shells. They then continued along the oldest roads in town to their final stop at the Pound Ridge Museum exhibit, where Maureen Kohl explained what the Trailside Museum in the Pound Ridge Reservation was all about. Jason Klein, curatoar of the Trailside Museum, spoke at a later date about the history of the reservation to the fifth graders when those students took a walking tour to the Museum. Many thanks to our Historical Society volunteers who have made this outreach program possible. Landmarks Panel to be Installed in Our New Research Corner at the Museum Our new interactive permanent exhibit board in the Pound Ridge Museum — envisioned by President Joyce Butterfield, and designed and mounted by Lucien Leone, who created our permanent exhibit in 2002 — shows the landmarked houses, sites and cemeteries of Pound Ridge. The focal point of the “Research Corner,” the panel’s screen will show photos of each landmark with the year it was built, whether it was a Hiram Halle renovation and/or restoration, plus one interesting piece of history related to each structure, site and cemetery. As houses continue to be landmarked, they will be added. Early maps of the late 1800s and early 1900s will accompany the board. Become a Member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society and Share Our “Pride of Place” Preserve the past, invest in the future! “The mission of the Pound Ridge Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve and transcribe material about Pound Ridge and its environs; to make such information available to the public; to bring together people of similar interests; and to promote and share the accumulated knowledge through publications, programs, exhibits and the operation of the Pound Ridge Museum.” Join online at www.poundridgehistoricalsociety.org — you can use PayPal or credit cards. Or send in the membership form on the back page of this newsletter. Be sure to “Like Us” today and check out the interesting pages to see fun, vintage photos and to stay current on our latest exhibits and acquisitions. Among the latest postings are photos of interiors of Hiram Halle’s bedroom in 1939 and now. www.Facebook.com/PoundRidgeHistoricalSociety Oral Histories Among the activities of the Society is the collecting of oral histories of our community members. One of our members would be happy to meet with anyone who has a family history, etc., which they would like to become part of our archives. Photos are most welcome to enlarge the visual history of our town. The PRHS is frequently called upon for help with genealogical research. These first-hand records are invaluable to developing our mission of preserving and sharing our community heritage. For more information, please contact Joyce Butterfield, President, at the Museum number 764-4333, or email her at [email protected] 4. The Halle Effect This spring, the Pound Ridge Museum will host a new exhibit focusing on the many facets of Hiram Halle, a man many consider our town’s greatest benefactor. Halle’s name can be linked to everything from our local fire department, elementary school, and library to a 38-acre land preserve on Trinity Pass and the vintage charm of our hamlet. A bachelor businessman and inventor, Halle arrived in Pound Ridge in 1928, a time when the struggling farming community was in economic decline. He bought and restored an old farmhouse, and then he bought a second. Recognizing the satisfaction that came from remodeling these structures, he kept going until he had transformed dozens of houses and outbuildings and owned more than 700 acres of land in Pound Ridge and Bedford. Halle had an eye for the eclectic and a particular sense of how homes should look, more than a drive for preservation. Victorian details and porches were removed and imported windows and mantles were added. The conservative facades of the white cottages and Colonials that currently dot the hamlet hide a multitude of unexpected architectural embellishments and reflect what locals now consider the look of Pound Ridge. Halle’s own home was north of the hamlet on Trinity Pass. He created a workshop on his property where his team of 60 laborers worked tirelessly to make the magic of his designs come together. Working for Halle during the Depression was a godsend due to the fact that unemployment was rampant. As the largest employer and landowner in town, Halle even went so far as to pay locals to rebuild the stone walls and perform other needed repairs in town, when his worksites were already fully staffed. One of several notable Halle renovations was the Horatio Lockwood house, originally built in 1833 and purchased and remodeled by Halle a century later for his friend Emily Shaw to run as an inn. Emily Shaw’s Inn, now known as The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, became a legendary meeting place for locals and celebrated stage and screen personalities from as far away as Manhattan. Outside of Pound Ridge, Halle made an impact, as well. The upcoming exhibit, which opens to the public on May 2, will also highlight his accomplishments as an inventor, co-founder of the University in Exile — an extension of the New School for Social Research — founder of Riverside Development Laboratory, president of Universal Oil Products, and as a humanitarian. ~Jennifer Stahlkrantz “Hiram Halle, a man many consider our town’s greatest benefactor” Hiram Halle 2015 Exhibit — Preview Saturday, April 25th On Saturday, April 25th, from 1-5 P.M, there will be a preview of this exceptional exhibit presenting the legacy of Hiram Halle’s many contributions to Pound Ridge in particular. The exhibit will open on May 2nd and will run through November 29th. The regular Museum schedule is Saturday and Sunday, 2-4 P.M., and by appointment. 5. A Preview of the Program for the Pound Ridge Historical Society Annual Meeting, Sunday, April 26 Louis Halle Carriage Barn, Front elevation The Pound Ridge Landmarks and Historic District Commission has been asked to present a special program at the Pound Ridge Historical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Pound Ridge Library. Tying into the concurrent exhibition on the life of Hiram Halle and his impact on the town’s architectural culture, the afternoon’s presentation will focus on the recent renovation, restoration and additions by local architectural firms of two historic Halle buildings – the Louis Halle House Carriage Barn and the Hobby Barn. The Commission hopes that a by-product of this program will be a clearer understanding for homeowners of the realities of landmarking their homes, and will demonstrate that appropriate changes to landmarked homes can keep their properties relevant to current living needs. Pound Ridge Town Historian, Ed Condon, will begin the presentation with an explanation of the history of each building. Next, the homeowner and/or the architect of each house will speak about their project – discussing the various challenges due to site conditions, existing design features, etc., and will show before and after photos to illustrate the process of the new work and how it contextually applies to the original. Questions will be answered after each project presentation. • The Louis Halle Carriage House c. 1920. Landmark building 210 Trinity Pass Recently restored and renovated by Rudi Elert of Rolfs Elert Office • The Hobby Barn – 100-year-old cow barn when Hiram Halle bought it in the 1930s. 270 Stone Hill Road Recent additions and renovations by Carol Kurth Architecture Landmarks and Historic District Commission Carol Cioppa, Chairman the Pendulum NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID WHITE PLAINS, NY 106 PERMIT NO. 7651 is published by The Pound Ridge Historical Society P.O. Box 51 Pound Ridge, NY 10576-0051 www.poundridgehistoricalsociety.org [email protected] Editor • Ruth de Sola Mendes Exhibit & Sale of Quilts These quilts have been made by members of the Northern Star Quilt Guild: Barbara Glab, Judy Gignisi, Nancy Mirman, Sonhild Rodney and Judy Simek. ECRWSS Postal Patron Pound Ridge, NY 10576 Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 1 – 3 PM February 7th through 28th Preserve the Past, Invest in the Future! Make a connection with the past and present history of YOUR town. 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