When Henry and Sarah Baldwin first conceived the idea of spending their senior years in a southern plantation-style mansion in Meadville, it’s doubtful they could have imagined their 1840s home turned into a museum of national significance. At sixty-four, the United States Supreme Court Justice amassed a well-known collection of books and other oddities and had formed a distinguished network of friends to include John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and none other than former Spanish King Joseph Bonaparte.
Bonaparte, older brother of Napoleon, found himself an expatriate living in Bordentown, New Jersey, after his brother’s downfall – although living comfortably well-off courtesy of his collection of Spanish jewels and art. It is here he befriended and entertained both American and European intellectuals, including but not limited to our own Henry Baldwin. According to the Reynolds Family, an 1802 Antoine Ignace Melling watercolor of Constantinople was a gift to Baldwin by this friend – a gift that remains just one of the treasures hidden in plain sight in Baldwin’s former home to this day.
On March 29th from 7 until 10 pm, the Crawford County Historical Society is honored to invite you to a gala and special exhibit of not only this work of art but numerous treasures rarely if ever displayed from the Society’s collections. From a NASA Mercury Mission Spacesuit to orders from General George Washington, this special event will feature countless items with national and international significance. Many of these artifacts haven’t been displayed in decades, if ever before, while others are “hiding in plain sight” and will be exhibited with the necessary context to allow them to be appreciated better than ever before.
Wine by Conneaut Cellars
Beer by Voodoo Brewery
Hors-d’oeuvres by Venango Valley Inn.
Sponsored by :
Bull Moose Progressive Marketing
Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Meadville Medical Center
Dr. Michael and Debbie Sleet
ONE Federal Credit Union
Thomas and Connie Youngblood
General admission is $40 per person with proceeds used to preserve, acquire, and share these and countless other treasures with and for the people of Crawford County.
As an added treat, those in attendance will enjoy a short operatic performance by nationally recognized singer Diane Kalinowski.
Those unable to attend the gala on March 29th may visit the museum for a two-day special exhibit on March 30th and 31st from 12-4 each afternoon. Admission to the exhibit is $30 per person for non-members or $15 per person for members of the Society.