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St. Louis Shop Files Lawsuit Challenging Closure
by M.A.D. staff

Elder’s Antiques in St. Louis, Missouri, is a co-plaintiff in a federal lawsuit seeking to reopen after being closed because of the pandemic. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions, and a declaratory judgment. In April St. Louis County and City of St. Louis officials issued orders ... (Read More)

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Co-Presidents Howell and Kenny Retire from Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
by Lita Solis-Cohen

The announcement of the retirement of Margize Howell and Peter Kenny as co-presidents of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT), effective March 31, came as a surprise to the world of antiques and historic preservation. Howell was the founding executive director of CAHPT and served previously as the curator of the ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Jeff and Beverley Evans
by Julie Schlenger Adell

We are all spending much more time now in our houses and apartments because of COVID-19. To give our readers an idea of what some of their colleagues, fellow collectors, and other readers surround themselves with in their abodes—on the walls, floors, or ceilings—we are introducing this new column—“Hanging with…”—because ... (Read More)

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Adaptations
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector Human beings, we are always being told, are highly adaptable. It is, one hears, a key to our evolutionary success. (Assuming we are still an evolutionary success. We seem to be botching that at the moment.) As usual, the reality is more complex, and although we are highly ... (Read More)

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Opening Up
by Clayton Pennington

On May 8 Maine Governor Janet Mills announced that retail stores in 12 mostly rural Maine counties would be permitted to open on May 11 with enhanced safety precautions. The opening timeline aligns with neighboring New Hampshire. Good news for dealers with open shops. Shops in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock, Somerset, ... (Read More)

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Staying at Home
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector We write this in our first week of Ohio’s mandatory “Stay at home” order. “Stay at home,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine thinks, and we agree, sounds a good bit less ominous than “Shelter in place,” which conjures visions of 1960s elementary school kids crowding under their desks. We ... (Read More)

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Shrubsole’s Terzameron
by Lita Solis-Cohen

As the coronavirus takes hold and the world faces these challenging times, antiques dealers wonder what they can do to keep in touch with collectors and not be forgotten. Tim Martin, Jim McConnaughy, and Ben Miller of S.J. Shrubsole, dealers in antique silver in New York City, have come up ... (Read More)

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New Executive Director for Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
by M.A.D. staff

Beth Twiss Houting will be the new executive director for the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. She will begin on May 4. For the last nine years, Houting has been the senior director of programs and services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where she oversaw on-site, online, ... (Read More)

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In Pursuit of History
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review "H. Richard Dietrich Jr. loved to collect,” writes his son, H. Richard Dietrich III, in In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting American Art and Artifacts, the book about his father, who was “driven by an abiding love of history” and “a thirst for discovery.” H. Richard Dietrich Jr. ... (Read More)

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Strange Bedfellows: Samuel Colt’s Other Claim to Fame
by Richard Saunders

Who would have thought that the man who started the greatest munitions factory in America also created an innovative company by producing artfully intricate wicker furniture? This is the story about Samuel Colt’s pioneering wicker furniture business in Hartford, Connecticut, called the Colt Willow-Ware Manufacturing Company. Most people know that Samuel ... (Read More)
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