Dinovember 2015 returns to the Everhart on November 7th! This family-oriented exhibit features the creative photography of Refe and Susan Tuma, along with images of the Everhart Dinosaurs during last year’s Dinovember romp through Northeastern Pennsylvania. The project began in 2012 when the two of them devoted the month of November to convincing their children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life. Each morning their children woke to the overnight antics of the toy dinosaurs as they created mischief, mayhem, and magic in the Tuma household.
The concept exploded on the internet in 2013 and in late October 2014 their first book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night was released by Little & Brown. “Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.” Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.
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Exhibition support is provided in part by Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company.
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum is To Your Health!, a multi-disciplinary exhibit highlighting on the Museum’s botanical, decorative art and ethnographic collection together with historic artifacts from regional lenders focusing on alcohol production and consumption, as well as contemporary art that reflects how alcohol, drinks, drinking, access, and the cocktail reflect today’s popular culture and societal mindset. The cocktail, and other alcoholic drinks, have a rich history and great effect on today’s culture and media, as well as reflect social tension regarding alcoholism, binge drinking, and the historical ups-and-downs of the American relationship with alcohol, including but not limited to Temperance, Prohibition, the Depression, and bootlegging. Alcohol and spirits have been made and used by humans for millennia, for safe drinking fluid and medicine, for religious libation, community conviviality, and as a treacherous escape from the anxieties of life. This history is reflected in the world around us, from the plants used for these drinks, the material culture of drinking and service, and the impact of alcohol production and consumption through the social issues around the globe.
Thank you to all of our generous lenders: American Antiquarian Society, Anthracite Heritage Museum, BACtrack Breathalyzers, The Boston Athenæum, John Carter Brown Library-Brown University, FEI, Clare Gibson, Glint of Gold, The Granger Collection NYC, Hard Rock Hotel and The Kitchen Restaurant, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Shaan Hurley, Irish Capuchin Provincial Archives, Lackawanna Historical Society, Library of Congress, Lloyd Library and Museum, Isabelle Lirakis, Luzerne County Historical Society, LYNCH THAM, Arthur Miller, Mütter Museum-The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, National Archives & Records Administration, New-York Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village, Rachel Page-Grandex, Inc., Princeton University: Molecular Biology Electron Microscopy, Walter P. Reuther Library-Wayne State University, The Rose Ensemble, Russell’s Restaurant, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library, Seattle Flagmakers, Steamtown Blueprint & Copy Center, Stepping Stones-historic home of Lois & Bill Wilson, Susquehanna County Historical Society, Thomas T. Taber Museum-Lycoming County Historical Society, The Times-Tribune, McHugh Special Collections Weinberg Library-University of Scranton, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Wayne County Historical Society, Wellcome Library, D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. Thank you also to our private lenders: Private Collection, The Cyril M. Bosak Collection, Nancy & Ron Casey, Karen Conway, Joe Del Rosso-Joe D’s Bar Collection, Carol Dunn, Nicole Fleck, The Kearney Family, Claudia Naismith, Nick Petula, and Betty and Bob Smith.
Exhibition support is provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group with additional assistance from Cooper’s Seafood House.
The Everhart Museum science collections include an important collection of historical plant specimens (herbarium) that was donated by Dr. Isaiah Everhart’s friend, Alfred Twining. The 1700+ plants were collected during the period 1890-1937 and represent a wide range of native plants and introduced species documented throughout the region of northeastern Pennsylvania. The specimen photographs chosen for Everhart Botanica complement the Everhart Museum’s exhibit To Your Health! as the selected plants are all used to either make or flavor alcoholic spirits, liqueurs, cordials, and other drinks, as well as medicinal formulas and applications.
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