"We would have lost so much in the way of regional history and artifacts had MESDA not undertaken this project when it did."
When it closed its doors in 1971, American crafts were no longer an anomaly, and the desire for them had never been stronger. Mission accomplished.
The vogue for tinsel painting, which spread from high places to low in nineteenth-century America, is the subject of a glittering exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum.
While visiting Maine's North Haven Island in 1900, the Bensons discovered Wooster Farm. The Federal house was situated on a narrow piece of land surrounded by the sparkling waters of Penobscot Bay. Ellen realized that it offered plenty of room for their four children-Eleanor, Elisabeth, George, and Sylvia-while Benson, spying the large barn, knew it would make a perfect studio. "From the moment we saw it," Benson later recalled, "Wooster Farm felt like home."