Celebrates with Historic Coaching Drive & Gala
MIDDLEBURG, VA – The National Sporting Library and Museum today announced plans to unveil its new Museum during an opening weekend celebration in Middleburg, Virginia from October 7-9, 2011. To commemorate the event, the NSLM will host a historic Coaching Drive in the countryside and a Gala on the Museum grounds.
The NSLM’s inaugural exhibit is Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art, 1585-1985. This exhibition is designed to raise awareness of the importance of animal and sporting art as a reflection of American history and cultural life. Over one hundred outstanding works of fine art representing every category of the genre have been selected to show how American animal and sporting artists developed a unique national style reflective of the diversity of our people, the rich variety of our wildlife, and the breadth of our national landscape.
“It’s quite an accomplishment to create an environment that preserves historic works of art and reflects the character it seeks to protect,” said Chairman of the Board Manley Johnson. “We’re extremely grateful to our contributors, and proud to provide access to international scholars and the public to learn about American field sports.”
In addition to the NSLM’s premier exhibit and esteemed library collection, the Coaching Drive will be historic in its own right. More than 25 four-in-hand coaches from across the country, dating from the 1870’s, will gather to preserve more than a century-old tradition of horsemanship and elegance. The three day drive is expected to be one of the largest gatherings of coaches in recent history and will take place on the scenic roads in the rolling countryside during the height of fall colors.
“It’s an honor to support NSLM’s accomplishments,” said Frolic Weymouth, President of the Four-in-Hand Club. “It’s important to remember our past and it is exciting to bring the past to life. Without organizations such as NSLM and their supporters dedicated to preserving history, it would be lost.”
A Carriage Presentation will take place Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 AM at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show Grounds, home of the oldest horse show in America. Spectators will view a parade of carriages while an announcer describes horses, coaches, and the sport’s history. The Gala to celebrate the Museum’s opening will be held on NSLM grounds in historic Middleburg.
About The National Sporting Library and Museum
TO PRESERVE, PROMOTE, and SHARE
The National Sporting Library and Museum, located in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Virginia, celebrates the opening of its Sporting Art Museum in October, 2011. The Library, founded in 1954, is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. The institution has expanded to become an important research facility and art museum with over 17,000 books and works of art in the collections. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. Information is shared through exhibits, lectures, seminars, publications, and special events. The NSLM is open to the public. www.nsl.org
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