A CIRCUS Comes to Fruitlands

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A CIRCUS Comes to Fruitlands

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Nearly one hundred years ago, Clara Endicott Sears discovered that her "gentleman's farm" in Harvard, MA had sheltered the 1843 transcendentalist commune called Fruitlands.  From the moment Sears opened this historic farmhouse to visitors until today, her legacy thrives in a museum whose uncommon blending of collections and alluring landscape continue to be enjoyed by people who share a creative spirit.

A poignant passing of an old maple tree, felled by a recent storm, inspired an artistic opportunity at the Alcott farmhouse, where the museum began in 1914.  Artist Linda Hoffman was invited to create an exhibition to enliven the grounds where this sentinel maple had long stood.  A Circus Comes to Fruitlands exhibit slowly grew figure by figure and captures the spirit of the first traveling side shows that toured New England when Louisa May Alcott was a child.      - Maud Ayson

 

 

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