Ver­mont His­tory Cen­ter hosts Story Time in Barre: The Un­usual Hop­kins fam­ily

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Barre, VT

In cel­e­bra­tion of Story Time in Barre, the Ver­mont His­tory Cen­ter will be host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of the ex­quis­ite 1840s draw­ing books of John Henry Hop­kins, Sr. and Jr. A day of spe­cial pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties will launch the ex­hi­bi­tion on June 1. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm chil­dren of all ages are in­vited to try their hand at em­bel­lish­ing the Hop­kins’ il­lus­tra­tions us­ing wa­ter­col­ors. Ex­pert botan- ical draw­ing artist Su­san Bull Ri­ley will demon­strate wa­ter­color tech­niques at 10:30 and 11:30 am. Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Cu­ra­tor Jackie Calder will fol­low at 2:00 pm with an il­lus-

trated pre­sen­ta­tion about the un­usual and some­times con­tro­ver­sial life of the Bishop John Henry Hop­kins fam­ily, in­clud­ing sto­ries about the draw­ing books he pro­duced with his son.

John Henry Hop­kins Sr. was the first bishop of the Epis­co­pal Dio­cese in Ver­mont and later served as Pre­sid­ing Bishop of

the Epis­co­pal Church of the United States. At the out­break of the Civil War, Bishop Hop­kins cre­ated a stir with his pam­phlet “A Scrip­tural, Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal, and His­tor­i­cal View of Slav­ery,” which was be­lieved to use scrip­ture to jus­tify slav­ery. He com­mit­ted much of his wealth and en­ergy to­ward the ad­vance­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

The Ver­mont Draw­ing Book of Flow­ers and draw­ing books on other sub­jects were in­tended to be bound man­u­als for use in schools. Th­ese books in­cluded de­scrip­tions, draw­ings and col­or­ing in­struc­tions, 10 un­col­ored prints, and 10 of the same prints painted in wa­ter­color. The col­or­ing of the prints, which re­port­edly took two years to com­plete, was a fam­ily un­der­tak­ing. Sev­eral of the re­main­ing books and ac­com­pa­ny­ing prints are in the col­lec­tion of the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, lo­cated in the Leahy Li­brary on the sec­ond floor of the Ver­mont His­tory Cen­ter, will run through the month of June. This ex­hibit is part of Barre Cul­tural Al­liance’s new pro­grams around the com­mon theme of Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture— watch for other events at the Aldrich Li­brary, Barre His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Barre Opera House and Stu­dio Place Arts through­out June.

Ad­mis­sion to the His­tory Cen­ter and all of the ac­tiv­i­ties on June 1 is free. The Ver­mont His­tory Cen­ter is lo­cated at 60 Wash­ing­ton Street in Barre. The Ver­mont Her­itage Gal­leries in the His­tory Cen­ter are open Mon­day-Fri­day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Leahy Li­brary and Hop­kins ex­hibit are open Tues­dayFri­day 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Wed­nes­days 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; sec­ond Satur­days 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ver­mon­this­tory.org.

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Il­lus­tra­tion from the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s col­lec­tion of hand-col­ored lith­o­graphs by John Henry Hop­kins, Sr. and John Henry Hop­kins, Jr. Th­ese prints were cre­ated for The Burlington Draw­ing Book of Flow­ers, 1846.]

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