Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Memory Ware Tower, 1894

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Memory ware was a popular craft in the late 1800s. People would take small objects of personal significance and attach them to things like ceramic jugs, glass jars, and wooden boxes. Stephen Warren's tower takes the popular pastime to new dimensions, literally and figuratively. The tower includes pieces of glass, shells, buttons, jewelry, an accordion key, and two tintype photographs. It resembles an observation tower from which the maker can metaphorically survey his own life. Warren's occupation was recorded as "Jack-at-all-Trades" on his Civil War enlistment papers, and his tower evokes a tale of visionary desire waiting to be unraveled.

     

While the Bennington Museum is closed, we invite you to explore our online database, https://bennington.pastperfectonline.com/, found on our website under Collections/Research. And be sure to tune into our Tours at Ten on the Museum Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/benningtonmuseum/, for great programming about our collection, galleries, history, and so much more. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions. Send them to ideas@benningtonmuseum.org The museum will be re-opening July 3 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 6 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays. We hope to see you soon.

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