Jesup Wood Collection, Hunnewell Building, circa 1902
Photograph by Thomas E. Marr (active ca.1890-1910, American)
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Just after the turn of the 20th century, the Arnold Arboretum curated “The Woods of the United States” exhibit, which from 1902 to 1938 was located in what is now our Visitor Center in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway. This collection showcasing woods and their economic uses was compiled from the Jesup Collection of American Woods at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. The collection had been named after Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908) who led the Natural History Museum from 1881 until his death in 1908.
You can read more about the exhibit and the collection’s history in our “Woods of the United States” Exhibit records, 1902-1938.
Thomas E. Marr was a professional, in-demand photographer working throughout Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. Additional views of the Hunnewell Building are available in our exhibit, The Arboretum Through Time: Historic Views of Our Landscape.
The Arnold Arboretum continues to exhibit the economic and artistic uses of wood in “Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner,” on display now in our Visitor Center October 9 through November 8, 2015. Woodturning is the art of fashioning wood into various forms and shapes by means of a lathe, producing stunning results of craft and decorative art. This exhibit showcases work by the Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners, and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners. The three woodturning associations that have come together for this very special Arnold Arboretum exhibit bring their creativity and technical expertise, displaying unique pieces for utilitarian use and aesthetic enjoyment.
We invite you to attend our opening reception for the woodturners on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 5pm. Join us as members demonstrate their skill working the lathe throughout the weekend.
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