Stockbridge, Mass. — May 14 — On Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norman Rockwell Museum will host Founders Day, welcoming Berkshire County residents for free in celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the opening of The Old Corner House. Family and friends of Rosamond Sherwood wanted to honor her memory and her contribution as one of the three Stockbridge women who in 1967 helped rescue the then 200-year-old building that would later become the original Norman Rockwell Museum.
“Rosamond Sherwood, with Norma Ogden and Patricia Deely led an effort to save this historic building and helped rescue the Old Corner House from demolition in 1967,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum. “When the board was looking for programs and exhibitions for the house museum, which would include displays from the Stockbridge Historical Society, Rockwell generously offered, ‘Would you like to hang some of my pictures?’”
The doors to the Old Corner House opened for business in May 1969 and a few years later the building originally intended as a home for the Stockbridge Historical Society would become known as the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Rosamond “Ros” Sherwood (1899-1990), grew up in family of visual and theatrical artists in the Stockbridge house on Yale Hill Road known as Strawberry Hill. Sherwood spent summers in the Berkshires with her mother, Rosina “Posie” Emmet Sherwood and her aunt Lydia Emmet Field, both notable portrait painters, and four siblings. Brother Robert E. Sherwood was a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Ros became a year-round resident early in her life and an integral part of the Stockbridge community. A ragtime piano player, artist, gardener, and accomplished golfer, she supported the arts in the area and was an early trustee on the Museum’s board from 1973 to 1982.
Founders Day will feature special gallery talks recounting the early days of the Museum, [from its original home on the corner of Main and Elm Streets to its current location 2 miles down the road]. Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be on view, by special loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. A special talk by Curator of Education, Tom Daly at 1 p.m., will explore Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge years. Art activities throughout the day include “Curate Your Own Rockwell Exhibit” and “Create a Museum Sign”. A historic property site walk and guided tour will take place at 3 p.m., weather permitting. Free admission for Berkshire County residents with ID, courtesy of the Family and Friends of Rosamond Sherwood. https://www.nrm.org/event/founders-day-honoring-rosamond-sherwood/
About Norman Rockwell Museum
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019, the Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The Museum holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of art and archival materials relating to Rockwell’s life and work, while also preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting a growing collection of art by other American illustrators throughout history. The Museum engages diverse audiences through onsite and traveling exhibitions, as well as publications, arts and humanities programs, including the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and comprehensive online resources. www.nrm.org/
Located on 36 park-like acres in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Rockwell’s hometown for the last 25 years of his life, the Museum is open seven days a week, year-round; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Museum hours from May through October are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays during the month of August; from November through April: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Rockwell’s studio is open May through November 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum admission is $20, $18 for seniors, $17 for military veterans, $10 for students, and free for children 18 and under.
Norman Rockwell Museum welcomes EBT cardholders and active U.S. military members with free admission throughout the year. Additionally, we are a Blue Star museum and offer active U.S. military personnel and their immediate family, complimentary admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Visit the Museum online at www.nrm.org.