A new exhibit will be displayed in the Vermont History Museum from November 15, 2017 to January 26, 2018. “Family Traits: Art, Humor & Everyday Life,” created by the Vermont Folklife Center, tells the story of Stanley Lyndes and the impact he had on his family and the collective memories they share. Stanley was a teacher, craftsman, storyteller, artist, hunter and extraordinary grandfather. Born in Calais, Stanley grew up on family farms in Cabot and Marshfield. From an early age he loved to draw and make things to entertain himself and his brothers. But above all he was a “noticer.”

As a child growing up in a multigenerational farm family, Stanley observed the quirks and foibles of the people with whom he interacted every day. He remembered each peculiar turn of phrase and was struck by the absurd qualities of everyday life that usually go unnoticed as “normal.” Like an anthropologist or a folklorist, he was able to reflect on his life at a distance, and he saw terrific humor everywhere.

Stanley channeled his noticing into the making of things, and over time these objects became touchstones for the generations of his family that have followed him, revered as both treasured artifact and the creative expression of a common past. Forty-two years after his death the things he made still resonate with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and provide an insight for visitors into how their own family folklore and shared memories are made.

What: Family Traits: Art Humor & Everyday Life
When: November 15, 2017 to January 26, 2018
Where: Vermont History Museum, 109 State St, Montpelier, VT
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

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