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Carmichael Stewart House Museum plans for the summer season

James Lees, summer curator for the Carmichael Stewart House Museum on Temperance Street, with a bust of George Archambeau, one of the sculptures created by John A. Wilson in 1932. Wilson will be one of several artists whose work is featured at the museum this summer.
James Lees, summer curator for the Carmichael Stewart House Museum on Temperance Street, with a bust of George Archambeau, one of the sculptures created by John A. Wilson in 1932. Wilson will be one of several artists whose work is featured at the museum this summer. - Sam Macdonald

NEW GLASGOW

The Carmichael Stewart House Museum is the home of a great deal of New Glasgow and Pictou County’s heritage. It will be something of a historical hub this summer, with plans to host an assortment of events.

One regular event to remember is the Tuesday Tea – an event that will run from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, starting June 19. The Tea Time will constitute an opportunity to pick the brain of summer curator James Lees, who is hosting the event in the sun room at the Carmichael Stewart House.

One of the best things about having a museum downtown is the fact that it’s a museum that’s free to get into.
“There’s no admission fee, although we do appreciate donations,” said Lees. “We also have wheelchair access. We just had a ramp put in, and those with limited mobility can now get into our facilities.”

The official kickoff of the summer season will be on June 23. From 1 to 4 p.m., the Carmichael Stewart House official opening will celebrate the new season, and will feature historical education for guests.

The kickoff will focus on some of the region’s rich artistic history. Featured at the official opening will be an exhibit focused on three artists with rich legacies in Pictou County. The artists in this exhibit include John A. Wilson, a prolific Pictou County sculptor responsible for the two majestic lions outside the Carmichael Stewart House, and the Hector memorial in Pictou – along with numerous Civil War monuments in the United States.

Another artist whose work will be displayed during the opening will be James Alexander Watson, the sculptor responsible for the Trenton war memorial, who is immortalized by a bust in the museum.

J. Frederic McCulloch will also be represented at the opening. McCulloch is a painter who specialized in impressionistic work in his short career before dying at age 27 from hemophilia. While most of McCulloch’s work is in private collections, the Carmichael Stewart House has two of his paintings on display.

Although some details remain to be determined at this time, the museum also plans to be place where citizens can engage their civic leaders. A Mayor’s Tea event is in the works for August.

For the time being, the museum is running in its usual hours – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Lees noted that summer hours – with hours on Saturday – remain to be determined, but will be starting sometime in July.

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