Monday, September 24, 2012

Governor's Academy Mural

Governors Mural
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
To celebrate the school's upcoming 250th anniversary, a mural depicting various aspects of the school history was commissioned. A mural committee met with the two artists, Joshua Winer and David Fichter, several times during the spring semester to discuss ideas.

In the summer, the painting began in earnest, and the mural took shape week by week. Here it is in its full glory, photographed by Mr. Oxton from the Fine Arts department. (Check out our Summer 2012 Flickr photos for some of the intermediate stages.) We are delighted at how the mural turned out!

Our archivist, Ms. Slater, will highlight different elements of the mural both in a series of library displays and in blog posts. Her first display is on William Dummer, the school's founder. The first blog post deals with the Mansion House, William Dummer's residence, and the Milestone, which was commissioned by John Dummer, William's cousin. Did you know that there are ghost stories connected to the Mansion House? Or that the Milestone was a part of fierce family rivalry in Byfield?Please read more in the Archives blog, and come in to see the display!

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