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.
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.
Baseball is part of the fabric of northeastern Pennsylvania. For more than 150 years, it has shaped the heritage of the region and provided the major (and minor) leagues with hundreds of players, coaches, and umpires. Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game provides an overview of NEPA baseball from the 19th century to the present day. Historical images and artifacts combine with contemporary work by artist William Chickillo, engaging visitors with both sport and art perspectives as they consider the aspect of our cultural history.
According to William Kashatus, author of Diamonds in the Coalfields, many of these players were the sons (and daughters) of immigrant coal miners and baseball was a form of assimilation to their new land. Some played for only a season or two while others were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Discover their stories and more in Baseball Dreams: They Played the Game!
Exhibition support is provided in part by PNC Bank.
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