Sunday, March 22, 2:30 pm
Gallery Talk – Cyrus Dallin’s Female Personifications of Victory
Requested donation: $5 per person
Join Dallin Museum trustee Christine Sharbrough for an informal discussion about the history and meaning behind some of Dallin’s allegorical sculptures on view at the museum.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7 pm
Book Release Event: Author Talk and Book Signing
Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02474
The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and the Arlington Historical Society are proud to announce the completion of a joint research project and the publication of a new local history volume, Arlington’s Cultural Heights: 1900-1925. Join authors Doreen Stevens, former director of the Arlington Historical Society, and Aimee Taberner and Sarah Burks, Co-Chairs of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Board of Trustees, for a discussion of the book, which will be available for purchase at this event.
Beginning in the 1870s, two distinctive residential neighborhoods developed in the western end of Arlington. These new suburban enclaves, Arlington Heights and Crescent Hill, were marketed as commuter-friendly, with the railroad and later streetcars providing frequent access to Boston. This book describes the original goals of the founders of the two developments and features biographies of over 40 men and women, including Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin, who lived and worked there between 1900 and 1925. It is the story of Arlington’s “Cultural Heights,” a creative, middle-class community shaped by an influential assortment of reformers, educators, writers, artists, craftsmen, musicians, actors, playwrights, and architects.
The project was funded in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The publication was designed by Bill Coale of Coalescence. Arlington’s Cultural Heights is available for $15 at the Book Rack in Arlington Center, Firefly Moon in Arlington Heights, and for purchase online here.
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9-11 am
Arlington’s Cultural Heights: A Walking Tour of the Heights
Requested donation: $10 per person
Join authors Doreen Stevens, Aimee Taberner, and Sarah Burks for a walking tour of sites described in the new book, Arlington’s Cultural Heights: 1900-1925. This tour will explore the people, places, and history of the Arlington Heights development on the south side of Massachusetts Avenue. (This is a sister event to the walking tour of the Crescent Hill neighborhood last October.) Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin, who were residents of Arlington Heights, lived on the same block of Oakland Avenue as Edward F. Burns, editor of the Boston Globe, and Nixon Waterman, a popular poet. Attendees will learn about the Dallins’ leadership in the local arts community, as well as the many contributions of their neighbors in the fields of fine art, literature, design, music, and drama.
The tour will begin at the Arlington Heights Water Tower at Park Circle and depart promptly at 9:15 am. The tour is expected to last approximately 1.5 hours and will cover hilly terrain. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The tour will take place rain or shine.
The book is available for $15 at the Book Rack in Arlington Center, Firefly Moon in Arlington Heights, and for purchase online here.